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Old 11-12-2010, 11:17 AM   #1
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Wait, what was I doing?

Mind Is a Frequent, but Not Happy, Wanderer: People Spend Nearly Half Their Waking Hours Thinking About What Isn’t Going on Around Them

ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2010) — People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they're doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy. So says a study that used an iPhone web app to gather 250,000 data points on subjects' thoughts, feelings, and actions as they went about their lives.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1111141759.htm
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:42 PM   #2
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Ok, wait... I have to raise the "that is stupid flag" on this one....

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...contacted 2,250 volunteers at random intervals to ask how happy they were, what they were currently doing, and whether they were thinking about their current activity or about something else that was pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant.
So every so often they interrupted these people and asked them if they were thinking about what it was they were just doing and if they were happy? What sort of answer were they expecting?

Am I happy? No, I was right in the middle of something and you interrupted me with this stupid survey.

Am I thinking about what I was doing? No, not anymore.

Was I before you interrupted me? No not really I was wondering in the back of my mind when this stupid app was going to interrupt me again.

This sounds to me like a self fulfilling experiment, sort of like if she floats she's a witch, if not she's not, either way the accuser wins
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:58 PM   #3
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Love your analysis dsvick!

Maybe this should have a "sillyness" tag on it.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:05 PM   #4
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It's like the questions on applications: Have you ever, or do you now, take illegal drugs?
Do they really expect honesty?
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:35 PM   #5
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Nope, it's a cover their ass tactic.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:03 AM   #6
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How did I get to this thread? Mind wandering I guess. Read the article and found it interesting. Thanks for posting it, Kenny.

Would be great if I could be more now and zen!
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:17 AM   #7
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As the report mentions, not to be tied to the present moment is a considerable cognitive achievement that most creatures do no have the ability to do. However, to be able to escape the constraints of the present moment is not the same thing as having a wandering mind - thinking in a focused and coherent way about, for example, how I am going to run a meeting this afternoon is not the same as letting my mind wander. I'm not sure the report recognizes this distinction.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:37 AM   #8
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How did I get to this thread? Mind wandering I guess. Read the article and found it interesting. Thanks for posting it, Kenny.

Would be great if I could be more now and zen!


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Old 01-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #9
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There was me just minding my own business wandering around the threads - saw this one and ....
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There was me just minding my own business wandering around the threads - saw this one and ....

Didn't Mommy tell you not to go wandering around the threads by yourself?


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Didn't Mommy tell you not to go wandering around the threads by yourself?


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