Pseudo-science and superstition believed by far too many Japanese

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Following on from some news from the Yomiuri about religious belief, this time it is BlogCh and iShare looking at two types of fraudulent nonsense, blood typing and fortune telling.

Demographics

Both surveys were conducted between the 22nd and 24th of May 2008. For the blood type survey, 506 people completed the online survey, including 30 people who didn’t know their blood type. 55.7% of the sample were male, 12.3% in their twenties, 48.2% in their thirties, 28.7% in their forties, and 10.9% of other ages. For the astrology survey, 504 people completed the online survey. 55.3% of the sample were male, 12.3% in their twenties, 48.2% in their thirties, 28.6% in their forties, and 10.9% of other ages. All respondents were members of the free mail forwarding service CLUB BBQ.

It should be rather obvious where I stand on the issue, but I must admit to watching and enjoying the blood type race every weekday morning at about 9:50 at the end of Toku Da Ne. It’s quite fun to watch just to see if my wife or I win, and the advice is usually quite silly, although I always suspect she takes it rather more seriously than me.

Regarding Q2, my wife was convinced that I was type B, and she knew she was an A, as they both fitted her image of our personalities, but when we had a health check a few years ago, the results came back with different blood types for both of us.

Oh, I nearly forgot my two contributions to the world of divination, My Buddhist Name and brainscannr.

Research results

Q1: Have you ever had, read a blood type fortune, blood type divination? (Sample size=506)

 YesNo
Type A
N=193
67.4%32.6%
Type B
N=112
78.6%21.4%
Type O
N=132
69.7%30.3%
Type AB
N=39
69.2%30.8%
Male
N=282
56.7%43.3%
Female
N=224
82.1%17.9%

The spike for type Bs might be due to that type being seen as the worst type.

Q2: Have you ever had predicted “That person must be blood type X”? (Sample size=506)

 YesNo
Type A
N=193
73.6%26.4%
Type B
N=112
76.8%23.2%
Type O
N=132
65.9%34.1%
Type AB
N=39
74.4%25.6%
Male
N=282
60.6%39.4%
Female
N=224
81.7%18.3%

Q3: Do you think there is a relationship between blood type and character? (Sample size=506)

 Considerable relationshipSome relationshipNo relationship
Type A
N=193
12.4%58.5%29.0%
Type B
N=112
14.3%61.6%24.1%
Type O
N=132
15.2%49.2%35.6%
Type AB
N=39
5.1%61.5%33.3%
Male
N=282
11.3%51.4%37.2%
Female
N=224
13.8%62.9%23.2%

Type AB is supposed to be the best type, so is it modesty preventing a lot of people admitting a strong relationship?

Now, we move on to fortune telling.

Q4: When there is a good outcome from fortune telling do you believe it? (Sample size=504)

 Mostly believe itBelieve it a littleDon’t believe it
All9.7%54.2%36.1%
Male
N=280
7.5%49.6%42.9%
Female
N=224
12.5%59.8%27.7%

Q5: When there is a bad outcome from fortune telling do you believe it? (Sample size=504)

 Mostly believe itBelieve it a littleDon’t believe it
All3.4%40.7%56.0%
Male
N=280
2.5%36.8%60.7%
Female
N=224
4.5%45.5%50.0%

Q6: From where have you obtained a fortune telling? (Sample size=504, multiple answer)

 AllMale
N=280
Female
N=224
Television55.8%49.6%63.4%
Book, magazine43.7%29.6%61.2%
PC-based internet site33.9%23.2%47.3%
Omikuji, temple fortune telling25.4%17.9%34.8%
Mobile phone site13.3%8.9%18.8%
Newspaper12.9%8.9%17.9%
Fortune teller9.9%3.2%18.3%
Blog gadget2.4%1.8%3.1%
Radio2.2%1.4%3.1%
Other1.2%0.7%1.8%
Don’t look at them19.0%26.8%9.4%

Obligatory backlinks:

意識調査:B型は4人に3人が「血液型と性格は関係していると思う」
<意識調査>血液型に関する意識調査 B型人間は血液型に高い関心度   ~4人に3人が「血液型と性格は関係していると思う」 ブロガー向け情報サイト「ブロッチ」など・・・≫続き

意識調査:占い「悪い結果」信じる女性は5割、男性は4割
<意識調査>占いに関する意識調査 ブロガー向け情報サイト「ブロッチ」などネットマーケティングを展開する株式会社アイシェアは同社が提供するサービス会員をパネラーと・・・≫続き

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1 Comment »

  1. Lurker said,
    August 31, 2011 @ 11:30

    Blood typing absolutely amazes me. It’s the most obnoxious fraud I’ve run into…

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