Who Wears Tinfoil Hats?

This post is Part 2 in a series of posts investigating the traits of people who believe in the paranormal.

Part 1: We Want to Believe
Part 2: Who Wears Tinfoil Hats?
Part 3: Spirituality and a Belief in the Paranormal
Part 4: Traits of the Skeptic
Part 5: The Politics of Paranormal

Part 2: Who Wears Tinfoil Hats?

Conspiracy theorists have more in common than just a tendency to believe in aliens, ghosts, and werewolves (see Part 1). I calculated the correlation between believing in conspiracy theories and all other user traits users can choose on SameGrain (there are millions of possible answers). In the figure below, I show a selection of some of the results. A person is more likely to believe in conspiracy theories if they have the characteristics in green (use marijuana, are spiritual but not religious, believe in astrology, and like reggae music). Conversely, they are less likely if they have the characteristics in red (pro gun control, attend church, don't believe in fate, and don't believe in astrology). Characteristics like having a dog or being an introvert do not indicate if a person is more or less likely to believe in conspiracies.

Figure: Strength of correlation between a belief in conspiracy theories and a selection of the SameGrain users' characteristics.

I followed this same procedure for all the paranormal beliefs on SameGrain. There are too many characteristics to show here, but the figure below shows a small sample of some of the strongest correlations I found. The plot is very dense and there is much that can be learned from it. Some of the more interesting findings are annotated 1-9.

Figure: Strength of correlation between a belief in conspiracy theories and a large selection of the SameGrain users' characteristics. Some of the more interested findings are enumerated 1-9.

You can find people like you - including those with the same paranormal beliefs - on SameGrain.