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A sample of 251 hearing-impaired college students responded to a day-dreaming questionnaire. Only those responses from subjects who day-dreamed 14-plus hours per week, or who daydreamed one and a half hours or less per week were used. This resulted in 40 high-frequency and 40 low-frequency daydreamers. Comparisons were made between male and female hearing impaired, high- and low-frequency daydreamers. The three significant differences were(a) when daydreaming occurred for these subjects; (b) time orientation of the daydreams; and (c) having an imaginary companion as a child. Although daydreaming did not differ significantly by frequency or sex in the students, other characteristics emerged.
Subjects use actual, or desired, romantic partners as their central fantasy figures; change both themes and characters over a several month period; discuss their fantasies with a friend or family member; daydream most frequently while driving, while studying, or in class about the themes of love, sex, friendship, and owning things