Maybe it's because we have better things to worry about. Searches on Yahoo! and Google for this day have been mild. Nonetheless, today's as good a day as any to check in on our fear factors.
These terms rank in the latter part of the top buzzing searches on Yahoo!
- Friday the 13th superstitions
- Friday the 13th
- Friday the 13th status updates—#fridaythe13th mildly moving as a hashtag on Twitter as folks post about not walking under ladders, having computer problems or stubbing their toe.
Passing on paranoia to the next generation: In the past 30 days, 38 percent of searches for "Friday the 13th" came from kids under 13. In general, youth 17 and under made up 43 percent of look-ups of that fateful day, although curiosity about that starts to taper off in your 50s—when you appreciate any Friday, even one wrought with doom.
Also, here's something intriguing about a gender divide: 71 percent of "Friday the 13th" searches come from males. Females have other things to worry about—maybe males who plot things on Friday the 13th.
Next year will be tough: For those who suffer from triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, next year will be tough. But the year ending in 13 will have only have two months with a Friday that falls on the dreaded number, September and December.
The most common fears readers searched for last week:
- xenophobia—fear of strangers
- agoraphobia—fear of open spaces
- trypophobia—fear of holes (or objects with holes)
- arachnophobia—fear of spiders
- homophobia—fear of gays and lesbians
- claustrophobia—fear of closed spaces
(Seriously) random fear searches on Yahoo!:
- "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant" (said by a Japanese admiral after the attack on Pearl Harbor)
- "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…"
- Fear the Beard
- Tears for Fears
- No Fear, No Fear T-Shirts
- Fear the Fin
- Don't Fear the Reaper lyrics
- Fear Quotes
Vera H-C Chan contributed to this report.