Everybody gets distracted every so often. You're trying to focus on something important and then, all of a sudden, you find yourself staring at a cute cat or, realistically, scrolling through Twitter without taking in even one piece of information. Being distracted is pretty psychologically fascinating; humans encounter millions of bits of stimuli every day, from visuals to sounds and smells, and our filtering of attention is neurologically complex. So what happens when our attempt to focus goes wrong — and what occurs in your body once you're off staring out the window?
There's a lot of research about how to improve your focus (and thereby, be less distracted). The ability to enter tunnel vision and devote yourself to one particular task for hours on end is a much-lauded one, but distraction has its place, too, and the body and the brain do some interesting things while the brain veers off-course. Distraction can become debilitating in excess — hence why people with attention-deficit disorder experience difficulties with absorbing information in "traditional" ways. But in moderate levels, distraction provides an interesting insight into how we look at the world around us — and what happens when we can't shut out the sparkly thing at the edge of our vision. Here's what happens in your body when you get distracted.