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Statistics Facts Behind Our Most Common Phobias

Do you go to great lengths to avoid a particular object or situation because of an extreme fear?

You’re not alone: 12.5% of U.S. adults experience specific phobia at some time in their lives.

One phobia in particular affects an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. alone – Friday the 13th. But the most feared date on the calendar is only one out of hundreds of phobias. Check out the infographic below for some of the most common phobias that affect Americans today.

Common Phobia Statistics

Lots of people suffer from some of the most common phobias:

Phobia Definition % of people affected

Acrophobia Fear of Heights 7.5%

Arachnophobia Fear of Spiders 3.5%

Aerophobia Fear of Flying 2.6%

Astraphobia Fear of Thunder & Lightning 2.1%

Dentophobia Fear of Dentist 2.1%

Do you have any of these fears?

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