This is a tricky question. I see it asked a lot online. Is maladaptive daydreaming rare? Well, from my own experience as somebody who has only told my therapist and doctor that that I suffer from immersive daydreaming. It’s pretty hard to gauge. Since the majority of us keep it a secret. We don’t talk about it openly do we? In case the people we know think we’re nuts or use it against us in some way.
Sometimes if I sit down down in a cafe, I catch myself looking around and wonder if anybody else is currently maladaptive daydreaming. Or, if I’m walking down the street and see other people with their headphones on, I think, are they in a daydream now too?
The reddit maladaptive daydreaming group has around 25,000 members. And if you do a search for “Maladaptive daydreaming” into Google it receives over 300,000 results. There are lots of Facebook groups for Maladaptive daydreaming alongside people asking questions on Quora about it. It clearly affects a lot of people.
Is Maladaptive daydreaming rare?
But is Maladaptive daydreaming rare? I remember reading on a forum somewhere that Eli Somer believed that 1% of the population suffered from immersive daydreaming. Well Google tells me that the population of Earth is 7.7 Billion, and as we know 1% of 7.7 Billion is 77 million which, if true seems like a lot of people! Are 77 million of us suffering from this addiction?
Just think about that for a minute. There could be 77 Million people right now all over the planet who are also suffering from maladaptive daydreaming. That’s a massive number. We are definitely not alone in this.
The problem, I think, is that as maladaptive daydreaming is not well known or widely discussed it might seem rare. But just because something isn’t well known or properly understood, that doesn’t make something rare or uncommon. I mean, when I realised I was daydreaming all the time, I had to Google “daydreaming constantly” to try and find out what on earth was happening to me. I had never heard of the term “maladaptive daydreaming” before but soon discovered I was certainly not the only person to be suffering from it. I guess the only way people will learn about immersive daydreaming is if we speak up about it. But that is indeed a very hard ask.
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