In a recent study of furries and therians, we asked participants to indicate whether or not they had ever experienced the phenomenon of phantom body parts—that is, sensations from a limb or body part that was non-existent. Many people who have had amputations experience sensations as though the limb were still present. As many therians report discomfort with their human body, and some suggest feeling that they are physically not 100% human,1 we tested whether the experience of phantom limbs was more prevalent in therians. Sure enough, therians were significantly more likely than non-therians to experience phantom body parts. Follow-up questions revealed that for those experiencing the phantom limbs, 70.4% found it to be “sometimes” or “always” distressing. For therians who said that they experienced a variety of other therianthropic experiences (e.g., “shifts” into a non-human animal mindset), 54.7% found it “sometimes” or “always” distressing, while 43.4% said that they never found it distressing.
Furscience is the dissemination arm of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP)
“Given that most furries are LGBTQ+, this may preclude many from being religious, especially if the religion is at odds with LGBTQ+ people,” said
@furscience researcher Dr. Courtney Plante, on why 75% of furries are non-religious. https://religionnews.com/2022/08/02/mixing-faith-with-furries-things-can-get-hairy/
My reply with credit for Troj, a member of @furscience. Troj personally made a map of where the urban myth spread.
Our team is working away on a book that includes updated statistics (between the other projects!). It will be a bit before it is released. However, we were recently asked on twitter about the fandom's gender breakdown. Here's data from three online and convention studies (21-22).