Sungura wrote:Yeah. We all have WNS it just manifests differently in humans, it makes us addicted to caves, like a drug.
And I think it's definitely known that it's about a 9:1 male:female ratio :P and yet still no caver bf for Amy, whatdup with that? =P
muddyface1.21 wrote:As I go caving more and more and introduce first timers to the sport, I find that there seems to be a certain undefinable personality trait that unites people who are really into caving. I don't know if anyone has ever compiled the statistics or done any sort of demographic study, but I have wondered if cavers as a group differ from the rest of the population in things like life expectancy, marriage and divorce rates, average income, cancer rates, rates of communicable disease infections, birth rates, racial and ethnic diversity, the ratio of men to women, and the possibility for some sort of abnormal psychology (I know mine is quite strange). For many years I enjoyed caving but did not do it often, then suddenly last fall I "caught the bug" and now I am completely hooked, but maybe there is something more to "the bug" than just caving.
Teresa wrote:There used to be a Human Sciences section which looked into this question, but they went underground.
The M-F ratio is actually closer to 4 to 1 than 9 to 1. Varies by location. There is an abnormally high number of lefties amongst cavers. (In every group that question has been asked it is generally 4R to 1L whereas in the general population it is 9R to 1L. Other demographics are different by region: in cave poor areas the caver demographic is richer; in cave rich areas, it is poorer, and has to do with distance needing to be traveled and expense to get there. Two traits that I find rank high amongst cavers are curiosity, tolerance for unusual behavior in self and others, and a general disregard for lemming-like "me too" behavior. Number of children depends if it is a caver-caver marriage or a caver-non caver marriage. Caver-cavers tend to have fewer or no children, whereas caver-noncaver (which is usually a caver M and non-caver F) tend towards the societal norm.
Cavers tend to be more informal and more casual in most circumstances and worry less about what strangers think of them. While there are gregarious cavers, many tend to be individualistic rather than conformist, although most will conform to caver safety edicts. They tend to be more "out there" along the edge in some aspect of their lives than their non-caver relatives and friends, often having some background of social ostracism as a child which led them to be self-determining rather than running with the crowd.
Other than that....go do your own research. It's the caver thing to do.
Phil Winkler wrote:Actually, the Male/Female ratio in the NSS currently is 2.9 to 1.
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