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April 26, 2010

Researcher analyzes dreams through Twitter

Posted: 12:41 PM ET

A researcher in the UK is trying to analyze the world's dreams through Twitter.

Starting today, Twitter users can send synopses of their dreams (in 140 characters or less, of course) to the Twitter handle @dreamshrink. Researcher Jennifer Parker, with the University of West England in Bristol, will choose 10 of the most interesting dreams and will parse out their meaning through the micro-blogging service by the end of this week.

The dream analysis will be posted on Friday.

The project is intended to help Parker expand her research on dreams worldwide, according to the BBC. The dream posts are also tied to the release of James Cameron's "Avatar" for purchase on the Internet in the UK. Cameron is said to have thought up the idea for that blockbuster movie in a dream in the 1990s.

The British video site is behind the promotion.

The film is also available elsewhere for download, according to CNET:

Vudu and Sony's PlayStation Network are the only major streaming/download services to carry the HD version at launch (sorry, Amazon VOD and QRIOCITY), so if you want to watch "Avatar" in HD at home, you'll have to buy one of those two futuristic files or risk being branded a Luddite to actually get the physical Blu-ray.

Parker told the website that dream analysis on Twitter is a "ground breaking opportunity."

“I am already planning to use data as the basis for a future book that will analyze the efficacy of Twitter as a means for data collection and hopefully present this information in a peer reviewed journal," she told the site. "This type of media is going to be essential in moving dream research forwards using state of the art technologies.”

Can you fit a dream in 140 characters? Do you feel comfortable writing about your subconscious in public on the Internet? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via Mashable]

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whatnext   April 26th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

Decisions, decisions. Do I have my dream analyzed via twitter, or do I buy an iPad, jump for joy, and wait for the appropriate app to come out?

williajd12   April 26th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

Any data collected solely on people that are trying to give you their information is bunk. As soon as you eliminate randomness from a sample it is biased and bunk. 90% of the dreams are probably fabricated, and all 100% are likely elaborated.

El Flaco   April 26th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

It is easy to interpret the dreams of twitter customers. "You are shallow and not that smart. You cannot express yourself in paragraphs. You cannot spell. You cannot think of anything important to do. You should get a life."

That should pretty much cover all of them.

Miss Discipline   April 26th, 2010 1:34 pm ET

I still believe our dreams are made up of all we see, feel and hear in our awake state and when we go to sleep the script keepers in our mind make a skewered movie and show it to us for free. I love dreaming!

DoctorLeon   April 26th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

Parker is dreaming. There is absolutely no credible science supporting dream interpretation as there is indeed no credible proof that the dreams people have aren't someone else's leaked dreams. This is just another way to waste time on Twitter pretending someone will care about you if you make up a good dream story.

CommonSensai   April 26th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

I wonder if anyone can describe "the American dream" in 140 characters or less

PersonA   April 26th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

El Flaco, Twitter is much bigger than what you described. I wouldn't be so severe on the users when the information we can get from the site is extrememly useful.

There will be much nonsense posted about dreams, but there are people who would do it to help contribute to interesting research. I've already posted pieces of dreams on Twitter; I think dreaming is a major indicator of where we are in our lives. Dreaming is basically our minds going through our day and trying to decide what is important and not important... Some people just can't remember theres, or at least not fully.

Mr Bilek   April 26th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

Well, this is just about as idiotic as it is superficial as it is intellectually dishonest. Jennifer parker has achieved a perfect storm here of transparent and shameless self promotion. Good luck with the unintended consequences.

matt   April 26th, 2010 2:57 pm ET

Why use twitter? Why not email. -_-

Indievisible   April 26th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

dreaming dreams no mortal dare to dream

tcaros   April 26th, 2010 5:14 pm ET

Twitter is an invention of the intelligence services and right wing.

They're the ones promoting it on all the news stations.

Anonymous   April 26th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

The "American Dream" in one word: opportunity

Spencer Shein   April 26th, 2010 5:28 pm ET


Choco-Tan   April 26th, 2010 6:49 pm ET

I think Twitter is waste of time. Some people may say different, but that's what I say. Posting your dreams on Twitter though would be good advertisment for the website for nosy people who want to look at other peoples' dreams. ^.^

dianne wood   April 26th, 2010 7:01 pm ET

Of course, most of those sent in will be fabricated. How stupid.

John T   April 26th, 2010 11:31 pm ET

With the vividness and detail of my dreams it would take a book to detail some of them, 140 characters would not even scratch the surface.

kevinferns   April 27th, 2010 12:03 am ET

What's in a Dream?
A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams By Gustavus Hindman Miller – 1901

This site is comprehensive and I wonder what will be the new findings other than a re-hash of the interpretations available on this site.

Love to hear your comments.


Serinanth   April 27th, 2010 1:20 am ET

My dreams tend to be a couple pages long. Not a chance in 140 characters. Lucid dreaming isint all its cracked up to be when you cannot turn it off or wake up.

IllIlI   April 27th, 2010 6:43 am ET

Does this "researcher" actually think you can get plausable data over a blogging site? Think I might just have to skew the data a bit by constantly asking what a dream about flying monkeys, a talking scarecrow, acidic water, and an annoying dog mean.

DG   April 27th, 2010 8:32 am ET

This would have been an interesting, if potentially gratuitous, experiment, if he had just spent the time browsing twitter for people talking about their dreams of their own accord. Now, by announcing it and telling everyone what he's doing and soliciting information, all he's going to get is a ton of stupid stories a bunch of people make up because they think it's funny. What could have been potentially interesting is now just a joke.

MNKYband   April 27th, 2010 10:49 am ET

Twitter is fail, the dream researcher is epic fail.

IllIlI   April 27th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

DG, Twitter is the biggest joke of them all.

ubikuberalles   April 27th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

>>Cameron is said to have thought up the idea for that blockbuster movie in a dream in the 1990s.

Perhaps he had those dreams when he fell asleep in front of the TV while it was showing "Dances wit h Wolves"?

Franko   April 27th, 2010 3:06 pm ET

Analyzing your dreams, not just for advertising purposes,
Your profile is a commodity to be traded, even to the government.
Is pizza order history part of your profile ? - John Young on Alex Jones 2of2

Muhammad   September 6th, 2012 7:42 pm ET

Hey Martha- I think that it depends on what you are drimaeng about. Sometimes I dream about things that I thought about or read before I went to sleep. Then, other dreams seem so real that I am confused when I wake up as to whether they actually occurred in my awake state. You know as kids we had the wildest imaginations, then somehow when we grew up we lost a lot of that. I believe that drimaeng is sort of an expression of our long forgotten imaginations, fantasies (I'm not talking necessarily sexual!) which we want to carry out in real life, or fantasies we absolutely don't want to occur. Does that make any sense? Moral of my comment? The brain is definitely an amazing thing. Kristi

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