UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The state of Ufology in the United States

The percentage of persons seriously interested in UFOs in The United States is 0.0078369906%

Sad.

RR

13 Comments:

  • Good morning Rich. I'm not too surprised at the data. Wonder what the percentages were for 5, 10, 15 years ago?

    What would be interesting is why? I suspect that the younger generation maybe too busy or distracted with other outlets that garner attention.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • Methinks this figure is just a bit too accurate to be taken seriously. Who ever measured it to this precision? You would need a sample almost the size of the whole US population to get such a figure. 8 significant figures and ten decimal places!

    And is it a proportion or a true percentage. One is a hundred times the other.

    I'll go further and state: The quoted figure is meaningless garbage!

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • This conclusion would seem to contradict actual behavior on the internet. Outside of porn related material, it is often noted that UFOs are the second most-often searched topic. Something is wrong here.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • I'll go with nonsense too as I calculate the sampling error, adjusted for the recent gravity wave's passage, to be far more significant than the percentage number presented. -And besides all that I found that a high percentage of US males, when tasked with making up a number, choose 007.

    BD

    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • I think, fellows, the operative word here is "seriously.'

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • And what, Rich, does that word "seriously" mean in the context of UFOs or, frankly, ANY subject unrelated to one's profession? I take politics and ballet "seriously"...which means I am reasonably aware of developments and support, from time to time, performances and ideas that interest me. Now, do I take these subjects as seriously as the individuals that are actually involved in these areas? Of course not. Impossible. Same with UFOs. There is a small core of individuals that have devoted considerable time and other resources writing books, running blogs, uncovering documents that the government has hidden away, etc. There is even a smaller group that has investigated some of the science surrounding UFOs. And then there is a massive audience of the unwashed--at least according to internet hits anv views tabulations--that is curious. Frankly, given the ridicule factor over the years, I am surprised that "we" are doing as well as we are with interest in this subject. (Why do you think that Chris Carter brought "X" Files back?!)

    By Blogger Dominick, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • "The percentage of persons interested in UFOs in The United States is 0.0078369906%"

    I think the optimum word is "seriously" interested. Let's define what "seriously" means in the context of researching UFOs.

    True, it would be nice to know how this percentage was derived and again to see if other data was shown to support the conclusion...what ever conclusions fit our personal point of view.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • Well, Rich you beat me to it...feel free to disregard my comment about "seriously."

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • I think some UFO buffs, Tim, are a little defensive.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • Per Dominick: "(Why do you think that Chris Carter brought "X" Files back?!)"

    The X-Files had a large following in the 1990s which I was one. My son is also and he has been tracking the re-establishment of the series for well over 10 years. He knew it was in the works, but it was a matter of getting the old cast back on board...it was a difficult task but Carter eventually pulled it off.

    So Carter has a large following of X-Files fans clamoring "more" so the rest is simple to deduce. Why only 6 new episodes? Perhaps to gauge "real" interest and the possibility to set the stage for a new movie.

    We're dealing with a revival of a cult classic, not necessarily an increase interest in UFOs...the show deals more with cryptozoology subjects than that of ufology.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • Taking the US population of 290,809,777 as an 'estimate' approximately ten years ago, the quoted figure means only 22,791 people in the USA take UFOs seriously. Allowing for a small percentage increase in the population, I estimate that only some 25 to 26 thousand people take UFOs seriously at present. Is this figure reasonable or not?

    Of course many more take it semi-seriously and many more still have a 'passing interest'.

    Which means your blog, and other blogs, are necessary to keep the ball rolling.

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • CDA:

    If I read the Facebook-shared offering correctly, the statistic derives from serious UFO buffs-- ufologists as described: persons who have blogs, web-sites, write books, or have UFO business....a "serious" involvement with UFOs or ufology.

    A passing interest or curiosity was not a consideration,

    I find the 25,000 figure to be in the ball park but a bit optimistic.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 13, 2016  

  • Thank God for percentages..... I AM SOMEBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger tom pettit, at Monday, February 29, 2016  

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