In 2014, one in 16 Americans went to the hospital due to accidents that occurred in the home. One main source of those accidents is a wandering mind, according to Steve Casner, the author of Careful: A User's Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds. 

Recently, psychologists have been more focused on the propensity to think about other matters versus the actual task.

This article references specific studies that show a wandering mind can interfere with reading comprehension and memory retention, and others that show beneficial outcomes such as increased creativity and being goal-oriented.

To read the full article, visit The Atlantic's website.