Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
What do Americans really fear? Are their fears exaggerated compared to their real lives? Do fears vary with gender?
It turns out, according to a fascinating national survey by Casino.org, The Odds of Being Afraid: What Do 1,000 Americans Fear Most, that people—with slight gender variations—fear sudden changes with potentially dire consequences the most. This starts with cancer and other deadly diseases, then turns to violent incidents from car crashes to other mayhem, and then societal breakdowns, such as losing access to clean water.
“Odds aside, the No. 1 fear among Americans were developing cancer, which averaged a score of 4.8,” reported Casino.org, which asked respondents to rate dozens of fears on a one-to-seven scale (with seven being most dire).…