Updated: May 10
Have you ever pondered the true popularity of lucid dreaming? Are you part of a vast sea of dream explorers or a member of a select, exclusive club?
How popular is lucid dreaming? It's time to unravel the mystery!
We're about to embark on an eye-opening journey through the world of lucid dreaming communities, unveiling the reality behind the size of our amazing group of dream enthusiasts.
While there might be the illusion of lucid dreaming being far more popular—think wannabe influencers buying extra subscribers or big-budget films like Inception briefly spiking interest—the truth is quite different. So, buckle up and let's uncover the real scope of our extraordinary community!
Exploring the Numbers: Lucid Dreaming Communities
Let's start by checking out some of the hotspots for lucid dreamers in the English-speaking world over the past 20 years:
REDDIT: Reddit's lucid dreaming corner has gathered a cool 490k members in 14 years
DREAMVIEWS: Dreamviews, the top dog of lucid dream forums, boasts 95,602 members, taking 15+ years to reach that milestone
YOUTUBE: The big three lucid dreaming YouTube channels (those that have been around for 5+ years) have a combined fanbase of 380k subscribers
Put those numbers together, and you've got an estimated 965,602 people who actively explore lucid dreaming content, and that is in the past 20 years combined!
But, hold up! We know some of you are super fans and have joined multiple communities, and a lot of people only have a passing interest and drop out, so the actual number might be a bit smaller.
Even so, that's an average of 48,280 people per year who are head over heels for lucid dreaming!
Popularity Comparison: Lucid Dreaming vs. Gaming
Now, let's put things into perspective.
Even the most popular lucid dreaming creators on TikTok or YouTube typically max out at 200k - 500k followers after 3+ years.
Well, believe it or not, lucid dreaming is a bit like an exclusive secret club.
Astonishingly there are only around 25k worldwide internet searches for "lucid dreaming" per month! (according to data analytics from Google Trends and Glimpse).
Compare that to gaming search terms like "Roblox" and "Minecraft," which rack up a whopping 26 million and 27 million searches per month, respectively!
That's why gaming channels like Dream and Pewdiepie are rockstars, while all legitimate lucid dreaming channels, all cozy up at way under 200k subscribers.
YouTube subscribers for some of the most famous lucid dream authors/teachers: Charlie Morley (11.5k subscribers), Andrew Holecek (4.17k subscribers) Robert Waggoner (0 subscribers), Clare Johnson (1.81k subscribers), World of Lucid Dreaming (one of the largest lucid dream websites) 2.42k subscribers)
For context, the most popular video of Dr. Stephen LaBerge, considered by many to be the most famous "superstar" of lucid dreaming, has gained a mere 139,991 views since 2015
And even when we step into the wider world of the super famous, Joe Rogan (14.7m subscribers) has only manged to rack up 762,331k views on his lucid dreaming video in two years!
Growth Potential: The Reality of Lucid Dreaming Channels
Picture this: you start a YouTube channel or a community today.
If you could magically turn every single person in the world who is searching for "lucid dreaming", across the entire internet, into a subscriber (which is obviously impossible), it would still take you a mind-boggling 3.3 years to reach 1 million subscribers!
Even in this mathematically impossible scenario, no amount of algorithmic knowledge, SEO wizardry, or clever clickbait would help you sidestep or speed up this process, or overcome the odds, because you'd be entirely reliant on the limited pool of interested individuals available.
A far more reasonable expectation is that you might nab 10% of those dream enthusiasts (and that's only if you're a marketing whiz or incredibly lucky), which means you'd need a jaw-dropping 33.33 years to hit the million-subscriber mark (that's about 30k subscribers a year under incredibly favourable conditions).
Even if you were exceptionally lucky and could charm 30% of them, it would still take you 11.11 years! (91k subscribers a year).
No wonder lucid dreaming content creators are far smaller than more popular subjects. And what about those who seemingly defy the odds?
Well, it does make one wonder how they managed to generate more interest in themselves than there is in the subject itself. Quite an extraordinary feat, considering the laws of mathematics!
Thought Experiment Picture this scenario: There's an election in town and there are only 20 registered voters. Yet, somehow, one candidate ends up with a whopping 1,000 votes. Is this candidate an exception to the rule, or could there be something else at play?
Putting it All Together: A Snapshot of Interest in Lucid Dreaming
Before we wrap up our adventure into the world of lucid dreaming, let's take a step back and appreciate the bigger picture of interest in this mesmerizing subject.
As we've discovered, based on very rough estimations using data from Google, the number of people actively seeking lucid dreaming content pales in comparison to more mainstream topics.
With an average yearly interest of around 48,280 people and a humble 25k worldwide internet searches per month, it's evident that lucid dreaming still remains a hidden gem.
Yet, in spite of its niche status, lucid dreaming continues to enthral a dedicated group of individuals.
Embrace Your Exclusive Lucid Dreaming Membership
But hey, that's the beauty of it!
Lucid dreaming is a small, tight-knit community of passionate individuals exploring the wonders of the human mind.
So, if you're part of this fantastic group of dreamers, wear that badge with pride! You're a trailblazer, a pioneer, a member of an exclusive club that delves into the extraordinary world of our subconscious.
So keep dreaming, keep exploring, and remember: you're part of something truly special.