There's a new theme park.
"In April of 2015, a random sample of 1,541 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about eighty-eight different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others"
88 different fears! That's a lot. I wonder if the fear of taking part in a survey was among them?
There were 10 major domains of fear addressed by the survey:
(murder, rape, theft, burglary, fraud, identity theft)
Daily Life (romantic rejection, ridicule, talking to strangers)
Environment (global warming, overpopulation, pollution)
Government (corruption, Obamacare, drones, gun control, immigration issues)
Judgment of others (appearance, weight, age, race)
Man-Made Disasters (bio-warfare, terrorism, nuclear attacks)
Natural Disasters (earthquakes, droughts, floods, hurricanes)
Personal Anxieties (tight spaces, public speaking, clowns, vaccines)
Personal Future (dying, illness, running out of money, unemployment)
Technology (artificial intelligence, robots, cyber-terrorism)
I don't understand the results of the survey. The number one fear shared by 58% of the respondents as being either something they were "very afraid" or "afraid" of was...
Corruption of Government Officials
Really? most people are afraid, or VERY AFRAID, of corrupt government officials? I can't remember the last time I had any kind of dealings with any kind of government official. Corrupt or otherwise. Ain't I the lucky one!
You really should check out the list of fears from top to bottom. Some suprizes on there. Fear of dying is only feared or very feared by about 22% of those surveyed- way below Obamacare, at 36%. Yep, fear of a health program tops death!
But what really got me about the study, as you might have guessed, are the nifty graphics that go with it. The concept of the theme park of Domains of Fear is pretty wild to begin with. I have a friend, Sean, who reviews Halloween "fright" sites. I wonder what he'd make of this park?
But yeah, the graphics are awesome. They remind me of what you'd have seen in Time magazine in the 70's, explaining how the treasury system works or something. Happy bright colors, sweet little icons like clowns juggling hypedermic syringes, or this one-
-for fears about personal appearance or romantic failures.
What a FUN park!