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Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Chapter 27.    Age, Sex, and Educational Level


AGE

BECAUSE MOST RESPONDENTS were young, only two age ranges could be used for analysis purposes, namely, those younger than 25 (72 percent of the sample) and those 25 or older (28 percent of the sample).
Overall, the age variable was not particularly significant. Twenty-three analyses were significant at the .05 level, where about 19 would be expected by chance; and 5 were significant at the .01 level, when 4 would be expected by chance. None were significant at the .001 level. This may result from the restricted range. Thus many of the differences summarized below are probably artifactual. These differences must be regarded primarily as possible guides to further research, rather than as solid findings.
Table 27-1 summarizes significant differences in frequency of occurrence of 18 various effects, and Table 27-2 summarizes 10 significant differences in minimal level of intoxication. General frequency of occurrence data is also presented in the usual type style code.

 

MALE AND FEMALE

Forty-nine percent of the respondents were males, 27 percent were females. The rest could not be classified because of a clerical error that omitted the sex blank on some of the questionnaires.
Overall, the sex variable was not very significant. Twenty-five analyses were significant at the .05 level when about 19 would be expected by chance, and only one was significant at the .01 level, when about four would be expected by chance. The differences summarized in Table 27-3 and 27-4 should be taken only as guidelines for further research.
Overall frequencies of occurrence are coded in the tables by the usual type style convention.

 

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL

Seventy-two percent of the users were in college or had a bachelor's degree of some sort. Twenty-one percent were in graduate school or had advanced degrees (M.A., M.S., M.D., Ed.D., or Ph.D.). These are the College-educated and the Professional groups, respectively, in our analysis. Seven percent of the users were in various educational level groups too small to be analyzable.
Educational level was a significant background variable. Thirty-four analyses were significant at the .05 level instead of the 19 expected by chance, and 11 at the .01 level, rather than the four expected by chance Thus many of the differences summarized in the following two tables are potentially replicable findings as well as guides to research.
Tables 27-5 and 27-6 summarize significant differences in frequency of occurrence and minimal level of intoxication, respectively. General frequency of occurrence data is preserved in the type style code.
Although it is risky to comment on the overall patterning of results when a fair number of them may be due to chance, there is a general pattern of the College-educated having more sensory enhancement types of experiences.

 

TABLE 27-1
AGE AND FREQUENCY OF VARIOUS INTOXICATION EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Older users (25+) more frequently experience:
Hearing AUDITORY IMAGERY MORE VIVID .05
Social OTHERS HAVEN'T NOTICED I’M STONED .01
Aftereffects HARD TO GET ORGANIZED NEXT DAY .05
Older users (25+) less frequently experience:
Vision AURAS AROUND OBJECTS .05
THINGS IN PERIPHERY LOOK DIFFERENT .05
HALLUCINATIONS .01
Hearing QUALITY OF OWN VOICE CHANGES .05
Paranormal [a]OOBE's after starting to use marijuana .05
Body BODY SEEMS VERY HEAVY .05
PAIN MORE INTENSE IF CONCENTRATED ON .01
GET PHYSICALLY RESTLESS .05
Thought ABSORBED, ATTENTION MUST BE FORCIBLY GOTTEN .05
Memory SPONTANEOUSLY RECALL THINGS LONG FORGOTTEN .05
REMEMBER LESS OF WHAT IS READ .01
Emotion FEEL EMOTIONS MORE STRONGLY .05
Control EASILY SIDETRACKED ON TASKS .05
COMPULSIVE DESIRE TO GET HIGHER .05
POOR CONTROL OVER FANTASIES .05
Miscellaneous FEEL WORLD IS IN BAD SHAPE .05

[a]Not coded as to frequency of occurrence by type style. (See Chapter 10.)

 

 

TABLE 27-2
AGE AND LEVELS OF INTOXICATION FOR VARIOUS EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Older users (25+) must be more intoxicated to experience:
Body PAIN MORE INTENSIVE IF CONCENTRATED ON .05
Control COMPULSIVE DESIRE TO GET HIGHER .05
Older users (25+) need be less intoxicated to experience:
Body LOSE AWARENESS OF BODY UNLESS STRONG
STIMULUS DEMANDS ATTENTION
.05
LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS OF BODY, FLOAT IN LIMITLESS SPACE .05
SENSE OF BALANCE ERRATIC .05
Thought Prolonged blank periods .01
Memory WORSE LONG-TERM MEMORY .05
Control INHIBITIONS LOWERED .05
Identity MERGE WITH CONTEMPLATED OBJECT OR PERSON .05

 

TABLE 27-3
SEX AND FREQUENCY OF VARIOUS INTOXICATION EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Males more frequently experience:
Paranormal [a]Multiple OOBE's .05
Body BODY GETS NUMB .05
Social STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY COMPANIONS .05
Control CAN COME DOWN AT WILL .05
Females more frequently experience:
Vision VISION BLURRY .05
Touch OBJECTS SEEM HEAVIER .05
Paranormal [a]OOBE's per se .05
Space/Time TIME PASSES RAPIDLY .05
TIME STOPS .05
Body AWARE OF HEART BEATING .05
MOVEMENTS EXCEPTIONALLY SMOOTH AND COORDINATED .05
SENSE OF BALANCE ERRATIC .05
Thought Prolonged blank periods .05
SKIP INTERMEDIATE STEPS IN PROBLEM SOLVING .05
Memory GOOD MEMORY FOR PERIODS OF INTOXICATION .05
Emotion GIGGLE A LOT .05
Control Body parts move by themselves .05
CAN'T COME DOWN AT WILL .05
Identity MORE CHILDLIKE, OPEN TO EXPERIENCE .05

[a]Not coded as to frequency of occurrence by type style. (See Chapter 10.)

 

TABLE 27-4
SEX AND LEVELS OF INTOXICATION FOR VARIOUS EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Males must be more intoxicated to experience:
Hearing SYNESTHESIA .05
MORE AWARE OF INTERNAL ORGANS .05
Body BODY GETS NUMB .01
BODY FEELS SMALLER .05
Memory FORGET START OF SENTENCE .05
Identity EVENTS BECOME ARCHETYPAL .05
Females must be more intoxicated to experience:
Control CAN COME DOWN AT WILL .05

 

TABLE 27-5
EDUCATIONAL LEVEL AND FREQUENCY OF VARIOUS
INTOXICATION EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Professionals more frequently experience:
Control CAN COME DOWN AT WILL .01
College-educated more frequently experience:
Vision SENSUAL QUALITY TO VISION .05
PATTERNS IN VISUALLY AMBIGUOUS MATERIAL .05
Touch SURFACES FEEL ROUGH, INTERESTING .01
NEW QUALITIES TO TEMPERATURE .01
Body HYPERAWARE OF BREATHING .05
BODY FEELS LIGHT .01
PAIN MORE INTENSE IF CONCENTRATED ON .05
BODY FEELS SMALLER .05
PHYSICALLY RESTLESS .01
Social HARD TO PLAY ORDINARY SOCIAL GAMES .05
Sex CLOSER TO SEXUAL PARTNER, UNION OF SOULS .05
NEW QUALITIES TO ORGASM .01
Thought ABSORBED, ATTENTION MUST BE GOTTEN FORCIBLY .01
LOSE MENTAL TRACK OF TASK BUT FINISH IT ANYWAY .05
Memory WORSENED LONG-TERM MEMORY .05
GOOD MEMORY FOR PERIODS OF INTOXICATION .05
Control EASILY SIDETRACKED .05
COMPULSIVE DESIRE TO GET HIGHER .05
POOR FANTASY CONTROL .05
GOOD FANTASY CONTROL .05
Spiritual IN TOUCH WITH A HIGHER POWER .05
Miscellaneous WORLD SEEMS IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE .05
MORE INVOLVED IN ORDINARY TASKS .01
INNER FANTASIES AS REAL AS NOCTURNAL DREAMS .05

 

 

TABLE 27-6
EDUCATIONAL LEVEL AND LEVELS OF INTOXICATION
FOR VARIOUS EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Professionals need to be more intoxicated to experience:
Vision Colors get duller .05
Touch OBJECTS SEEM MORE MASSIVE .05
Space/Time AIR, SPACE TAKES ON SOLID QUALITY .05
Body MOVEMENTS AWKWARD, UNCOORDINATED .05
Miscellaneous SOME INNER TRIPS SEEM COMPLETELY REAL .05
College-educated need to be more intoxicated to experience:
Hearing SPACE BECOMES AN AUDITORY SPACE .05
Touch SURFACES FEEL SMOOTHER, SILKIER .05
SURFACES FEEL ROUGH, INTERESTING .01
Space/Time DISTANCES SEEM SHORTER .05
Body LOCATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS CHANGES .01
AWARE OF HEARTBEAT .05
Social TALK MORE .05
Sex Need sex less .05
BETTER LOVER WHEN STONED .05
Thought Prolonged blank periods .05
Memory CONVERSE INTELLIGENTLY DESPITE FORGETTING
START OF WHAT I SAID
.05
Control EASILY SIDETRACKED .05
Sleep EASY TO GO TO SLEEP AT BEDTIME .05
Aftereffects HARD TO GET ORGANIZED NEXT DAY .05
Identity MERGE WITH OBJECT OR PERSON CONTEMPLATED .05
 

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