the new sociology on thoughts and thinking ( Day dreaming and mind Wandering= Sociothoughtology )

Have you ever heard about the sociothoughtology ? this term does mean that, How much time do you think of yourself and otherself? if you felt some uncomfortable, no need of any anxious.  the new paper published in the science magazine discussed on  your thinking and the daydreaming ( new paper )

The ability to engage in directed conscious thought is an integral part—perhaps even a defining part—of what makes us human. Unique among the species, we have the ability to sit and mentally detach ourselves from our surroundings and travel inward, recalling the past, envisioning the future, and imagining worlds that have never existed. Neural activity during such inward-directed thought, called default-mode processing, has been the focus of a great deal of attention in recent years, and researchers have speculated about its possible functions (15). Two related questions, however, have been overlooked: Do people choose to put themselves in default mode by disengaging from the external world? And when they are in this mode, is it a pleasing experience?

Recent survey results suggest that the answer to the first question is “not very often.” Ninety-five percent of American adults reported that they did at least one leisure activity in the past 24 hours, such as watching television, socializing, or reading for pleasure, but 83% reported they spent no time whatsoever “relaxing or thinking” (6). Is this because people do not enjoy having nothing to do but think?

this paper much provided  the consideration of the self-talking and self-thinking, this is known internal conversation. so  if you think of others rather than yourself it hints the sociological questions about the autonomy. Self-conversation always depends on power, commodity, and internal external socio-cultural production.  Therefore sociothoughtology relates to the others perception and realisation, for instance if you are overthinking about your glamour, you give the consideration others than you, you will spend enormous time Infront of the Mirror. others perception is comprised by power, circumstances and commodity. Daydream sometimes make the relaxation to forget the reality but it sometimes hurts also, so your life is your thoughts. if you think of some bad it depends on your external relation. you can think as much as positively as well as negatively, you are the driver, you are thinking always on the basis of your behaving to others.

To address these questions, we conducted studies in which college-student participants spent time by themselves in an unadorned room (for 6 to 15 min, depending on the study) after storing all of their belongings, including cell phones and writing implements. They were typically asked to spend the time entertaining themselves with their thoughts, with the only rules being that they should remain in their seats and stay awake. After this “thinking period,” participants answered questions about how enjoyable the experience was, how hard it was to concentrate, etc.

Table 1 summarizes the results of six studies that followed this procedure. Most participants reported that it was difficult to concentrate (57.5% responded at or above the midpoint of the point scale) and that their mind wandered (89.0% responded at or above the midpoint of the scale), even though there was nothing competing for their attention. And on average, participants did not enjoy the experience very much: 49.3% reported enjoyment that was at or below the midpoint of the scale.

To see whether the difficulty with “just thinking” is distinctive to college students, in study 9 we recruited community participants at a farmer’s market and a local church. The participants ranged in age from 18 to 77 (median age = 48.0 years). As in study 7, they completed the study online in their own homes, after receiving instructions to do so when they were alone and free of any external distractions. The results were similar to those found with college students. There was no evidence that enjoyment of the thinking period was related to participants’ age, education, income, or the frequency with which they used smart phones or social media (table S2).


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