Does maladaptive daydreaming cause real dangers? Can being lost in your own world put you at risk in this one? Yes, in many ways. It can put you at risk for accidents and crimes. How do we get control of our MD to protect ourselves?
Distracted people can become victims of crime. The most often given advice on not being a victim is “ALWAYS keep warily scanning 360 degrees around you (NO ear-pods, cell phones, or other distractions)” MD sufferers fall into the “other distractions” category. We can easily become lost in our minds while shopping, walking, etc.
Walking in a dream, we can easily daydream while walking. This is fine out in an open area but in the city, crossing the street, it can be deadly. Falling in a hole, tripping, or getting hit by a car.
It is easy to daydream while driving, especially on routine trips. You go on autopilot and your mind wanders. Too many thing going on in your head, worrying about the day, upset about a daydream senorio, your body goes through the motions but your mind is not focused on your driving. This happened to me not long ago and I clipped a mailbox. It can happen so fast, we know this but controlling the daydreams is very difficult. Finding a way to stay in the moment and focus on the road is a real challenge.
Daydreaming May Contribute to Up to Half of All Crashes
KCEN) — Daydreaming behind the wheel may contribute to up to half of all car accidents.
We’ve all had our minds wander or zone out occasionally while driving, but researchers wanted to see how much inattention affects road safety.
After interviewing nearly a thousand drivers involved in an accident, researchers found 52 percent admitted to some mind wandering just before the crash and 13 percent described intense mind wandering.
Researchers say daydreaming can cause drivers to overlook road hazards and make more mistakes.
So keep your eye on the road and your hand upon the wheel.
Did you know: Daydreaming drivers
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Letting your mind wander while driving not only can get you lost, but it also contributes to a high number of car crashes. A new French study that analyzed nearly 1,000 collisions found that half of accidents could have been caused by a driver’s daydreaming or worries. The study notes that our minds often wander for half of our waking lives, most often while resting or performing repetitive tasks that are not cognitively challenging. The research is published in this month’s British Medical Journal.
The dangers of distracted walking
“According to the Times, 4,000 people die every year and 60,000 people are hurt in vehicle/pedestrian accidents nationwide.”
Daydreaming and driving – an unsafe combination?
The conclusion from these observations was that daydreaming while driving does pose a safety risk. The authors of the article suggest that the tendency to look straight ahead while in the middle of a daydream entails a failure to scan or monitor the environment such that a daydreaming driver becomes less aware of the other vehicles around them on the road, which could contribute to increased risk of crashing.