Monday, November 2, 2015

Scared Straight

I heard this study on the radio the other day that really has me perplexed. According to Chapman University's second annual survey of American fears, here are the top ten things people in the good ol' USA are most afraid of:

1. Corruption of government officials: 58 percent

2. Cyber terrorism: 44.8 percent

3. Corporate tracking of personal information: 44.6 percent 

4. Terrorist attacks 44.4 percent

5. Government tracking of personal information: 41.4 percent

6. Bio-warfare: 40.9 percent 

7. Identity theft: 39.6 percent

8. Economic collapse: 39.2 percent

9. Running out of money in the future: 37.4 percent

10. Credit card fraud: 36.9 percent

Now I'm certainly not one to judge anyone's fears 'cause I got an irrational fear of fish after seein' a dude get bit on the nipple from some crazy ass fish about 30 years ago. Weird I know, but I ain't goin' in the water after hearin' him scream and witnessin' that fish chomp down on his moob. Dang, I got me a bigger target.

Anywho, what I got a problem with is #1. So, without gettin' all political on ya folks, how can you have a fear of a known fact? That's my question. Almost 60% of the people who participated in the study have a fear of a known fact. That doesn't make sense to me. That's like bein' scared of the earth bein' round, or hidin' under the covers 'cause Santa isn't real, or bein' afraid the latest Kardashian scandal will get more news coverage than a hero who jumped into a burning building to save an entire family. Yea, that last one pisses ya off just like the corruption of government officials, but why worry about somethin' ya simply can not control? Surely you shouldn't fear it right?  Now slimy, scaly fish that could bite the hell outta your nipples, that will scare ya straight!

Study: Here

23 comments:

  1. I think there was a preface to the question that they didn't reveal, since all of the fears have to do with the economy or politics. Last time I looked, fear of public speaking was still the top fear. Snakes was up high on the list as well. Those aren't fears - they're concerns.
    And now I don't want to go in a pond with fish...

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    1. Clowns and snakes did make the list, but not the top 10. Weird economic and political fears huh?

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  2. There had to be some sort of caveat in the question, seeing as how spiders and burglars and...ok, pond fish, aren't on the list, but even so, who is afraid of corrupted government officials? Why is that a fear?

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    1. OK, I looked it up, because apparently I have that kind of time. There doesn't seem to be a caveat. Now I want to know where they got these people to do the survey. I picture an auditorium full of people with hats that say things like "Farts are funny".
      https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2015/10/13/americas-top-fears-2015/

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    2. Hahaha now you got me curious so I had to google Chapman University since I never heard of it. It's a small private Christian University in California. There ya go. That explains it!

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  3. In my country number one would probably be fear from hunger, number two from poverty, number three from illness, number four from losing your job.
    I don't know why are them Americans so afraid of terrorism when they're the biggest terrorists around.
    And, Debs, we do not say Kardashians, but Craptrashians! Thank you and be welcome :)

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    1. Now that just puts everything in perspective Dezzy.

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  4. Snakes, public speaking , spiders and fear of heights. Those are the top fears you hear about mostly. I hate snakes and now I am not so sure about fish that bites nipples.

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    1. I hate snakes too. Fear the fish girl, fear the fish!

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  5. That's an odd list. Sounds more like paranoia :) Where is the fear of flying and claustrophobia and thunder and lightning and spiders and heights and on and on? You know, typical stuff!

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    1. Yea, where's the stuff shrinks make their living from?

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  6. Oh yeah, trust me, the moment I read #1 I thought "ah, so they fear something that already plainly exists." You don't need a tinfoil hat to realize that. But if you have one, it does help tune into some really cool radio stations.

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    1. Hahaha maybe if I make at tinfoil hat I can get more scandalous TV stations too.

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  7. Yea, these fears seem a bit odd. I mean, we're all scared of terrorist attacks...but are these really our daily fears? Maybe I'm just out of the political loop, but I'm more afraid of catching HIV or Hepatitis than I am of government corruption.

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  8. That had to be set up. Government corruption is so wide spread you'd think it transmits like an std, with none of the fun.

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    1. Hahaha yea if you are gonna spread it around, at least make it fun.

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  9. And #3. I mean, we've had government corruption since... well, since government, but corporations are only just now getting the technology to really track everyone everywhere. It's like being afraid of the air. Which, granted, some people are. But, you know, you keep breathing, right?

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  10. Speaking of corruption, Thom Tillis better hope these new rumors about him (news broke today) aren't proven to be true.

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  11. I tend to agree with Alex here. I think we're missing a chunk of the questions. And for me, I've worked many years ago in research studies and alllllll of the studies were fudged to some extent.

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  12. It's true that everyone fears for one or the other...

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