Sunday, October 19, 2014

Top 10 things the average guy fears the most

Since Halloween is at the end of the month, magazines like to print scary articles in their October issues. In the back of Men’s Health (USA), on page 164, is one titled Sum of All Fears  - we scare up the terrifying truth about what makes men afraid, very afraid. The version posted on their web site is titled The Truth About Fear.

They include the following Top 10 Fears List

1. Heights
2. Being maimed
3. Snakes
4. Dental treatments
5. Injections
6. Spiders
7. Enclosed spaces
8. Flying
9. Sight of blood
10. Thunder

Curiously it does not list any percentages, and it doesn’t include fear of public speaking. (However, there is a paragraph titled Stave Off Stage Fright).

Elsewhere on the page there are the following eleven percentages:

46% say seeing their doctor is enough to scare them silly

37% worry their hairline will vanish faster than a camp counselor in Friday the 13th

27% of men survived a health scare

26% who as boys slept with the lights on

19% of men have been so startled they felt they were having a heart attack

18% of fathers said the birth of their child was the scariest day of their life

14% of men say they’re in constant fear of unemployment

11% of men think no villain would be scarier to face than Chucky

10% find life so starling they take antianxiety meds

10% are afraid their six-pack (abs) will disappear

3% still want the lights on, perhaps hoping for wicked-good sex 

There is no byline, and they don’t refer to where any of this stuff came from. I’d trust it only as far as I could throw that page (after tearing it out and folding it into a paper airplane).

For balance, elsewhere on the web site site is a web page with a list of 13 Things a Man Should Never Fear

1. Yoga
2. Having Her Drive
3. Black-and=White Movies
4. Superhero Cartoons

5. Small Dogs
6. Snuggling
7. French Cheese
8. Makeover Shows
9. Tea
10.Video Games
11. Country Music
12. Street-Cart Food
13. Staying Home Alone on a Saturday Night

The image was derived from this one on the Library of Congress web site.

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