Dream about your dog lately? Dream data says you’re not alone

Pubblished by Dream Team on Dreams News
March 15, 2013

Since its launch, Dreamboard users have logged over 60,000 dreams in their Dreamboard digital dream journals and every day they add more. What are your dreams trying to tell you?

One year of dreams–Learning about yourself.

Thanks to Dreamboard, each one of us can now look back at the dreams we’ve logged, the details of which offer new perspectives on our unconscious lives. Dreams are a virtually unlimited source of rich, diverse and fascinating information and by studying them more closely we can discover new things about ourselves such as patterns and trends, fears, hopes and desires, and make meaningful correlations between waking life and dream life.

Take Luca, for example, who runs the Dreamboard development team. He has been an avid Dreamboard user since its initial development, well before it became available to the general public. Luca has been keeping a dream journal on Dreamboard for more than a year, logging 210 dreams in 2012, an average of more than 3 dreams a week. By using the Dreamboard dashboard to look at his dream data over tim, he was able track changes in the mood of his dreams and correlate them to specific events in his life.

People have more nightmares in San Francisco than in LA?

Looking at our own dreams is interesting, but what do we know about how the world dreams? The details found in each users’ Dreamboard dream journal is private, but wouldn’t it be interesting to know how your dreams might compare thematically with Dreamboard users in, say, New York, or Milan?

For the first time, with Dreamboard, we have access to a large standardized and structured dream data set that could provide valuable insight into what people dream about.

A few data-trend highlights:

  • The person we dream the most about, regardless of sex, age or location is, perhaps not surprisingly… our mothers! Fathers follow very closely. And while yes, people dream about their siblings and significant others, they are more likely to dream about their dog than they are to dream about a brother or a sister!
  • Whether we are still in school or have long left it behind, those endless days in the classroom dominate our collective unconscious. School is by far the most common symbol to permeate through our dreams.
  • San Francisco may be the best place to live in the US, but judging by the dreams recorded by its residents’, the top three dream emotions suggest otherwise–fearsurprise and sadness. The top emotion for people living in 50th-ranked Los Angeles? Joy! 

Anonymous data, meaningful insights.

Dreamboard users are entrusting us with very personal and private information, so our first priority is to protect the integrity of our users’ privacy at all times. As we start to explore the anonymous statistical data that gives us potentially valuable insights into what people dream about, we will continue to do so in a manner that protects all our users, ensuring that no one, including us, can inappropriately access or share your dream details.

Dream on, Dreamers!

Do more people dream in greyscale than in color? Does the environment we live in influence the emotions in our dreams? How might culture and demographics inform the symbols in our dreams?  Aggregate and anonymous dream data from a large population of dreamers can help us find these answers and more.

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