Do these scenarios ever unfold in reality? After surveying over 240 self-identified drug dealers, we found out just how close their reality is to TV’s vision. Read on to see the confessions of real drug dealers and just how much fact is present in Hollywood fiction. Keep in mind while reading this article that the presented data is representative of only those who took our survey. While our sample is appropriate given the population size, a more in-depth look into this topic could provide more insight into drug dealing in America.
Profile of a Dealer
Although women represented the minority gender of drug dealers, research shows they may employ behaviors considered to be innate to both women and men. Actions, such as flirting or dressing up to appear more inconspicuous, are often coupled with typical masculine behaviors to co-exist in this male-dominated dealer culture.
Almost 70 percent of respondents indicated that money was the primary motivation for taking up dealing drugs. It’s money, both as a want and a need, that drove dealers to get into the business. Just behind that was the belief that dealing drugs made the dealer popular: 16 percent cited this motivation.
Makeup of Their Clientele
Do Dealers Even Care?
The second most popular way male and female dealers managed addicted clients was through avoiding communication. Perhaps out of sight, out mind helps dealers to minimize the personal connections they may otherwise make among their customers.
Almost a quarter of female dealers either refused service to clients they believed to be “dangerously addicted” (11 percent) or sold them drugs while encouraging them to get help (14 percent). Less than 10 percent of male dealers approached their customers with either of these levels of compassion.
Worst Parts of Dealing
With more than 1.5 million arrests for drug-related violations in 2016 – 15 percent of which stemmed from the sale or manufacturing of drugs – there is definitely a reason for concern. On top of that, laws vary by location and jurisdictions. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the reportedly second worst part of being a drug dealer was the effort put into not getting caught. When it came down to what dealers enjoyed about their work, money was the favored aspect for over 70 percent of those surveyed.
Paying for Their Crimes With Time
Do Dealers Feel Regret?
When it came to guilt, only 45 percent of dealers experienced this personal dilemma when reflecting back on their decision to sell harmful or deadly substances to their clients.
Dealing Differs in Real Life
While there are portrayals of drug dealers in movies and TV that go from glittery to glamorous, the reality appears to be much different.
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We surveyed 243 people in the U.S. on their experiences dealing drugs. Sixty-three percent of respondents were male, and 37 percent were female. This survey required respondents to have sold drugs at some point in their life and relies on self-reporting since we weren’t able to independently verify information submitted in this survey. There are many issues with self-reported data such as selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration. Further research should be done on this topic to draw deeper conclusions.
The survey contained an attention-check question and a disqualification. If respondents failed to qualify or if they were clearly not paying attention to the survey, they were excluded from our analysis.
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