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?
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.
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:
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.
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.