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Are You Afraid of Spiders?

About four percent of the adult, American population has arachnaphobia — a fear of spiders — and of that percentage, women are four times as likely to be afraid.

Researchers concluded that girls have a genetic predisposition to be afraid of dangerous animals like spiders. Coded into our DNA, apparently, is the desire to stay away from dangerous things and protect our children, where men are supposed to be risk-takers and generally less likely to be afraid of spiders. You know — they're the hunters.

The researchers' conclusion seems to be a huge leap to me, but then again, a lot of these studies feel that way! I happen to love spiders and think they're beautiful. If I see one — I consider it good luck and try not to accidentally squish it. Maybe I'm just Goth that way. What about you?

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weffie weffie 8 years
Spiders are cute! I think it's weird that grown adults can have so little control over themselves that they freak right out over something so tiny... My roommate has an absolute fit, complete with screaming and crying, that would embarrass most 2-year-olds every time she sees a spider and it's really, really annoying. You know in your right mind that a teeny bug on the ground poses no threat to you, so how does your brain possibly interpret its presence as a justifiable reason to act completely mental? I just don't get it... I catch them & put them outside (like I do with any pest) and it's no big deal, get over it!
betty-kraker betty-kraker 8 years
i liked them till i bit by a brown recluse
ann418 ann418 8 years
Terrified! I'm that girl that freaks out, and I've tried to stop but they just freak me out so incredibly much! We were over at a friend's house who had a bunch of gigantic spiders outside and I couldn't sleep that night from having spider nightmares.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I'm not afraid of them per se, but if I see one, I have to kill it. Kill it dead.
biarose biarose 8 years
Hey superjules- what's with your pic??
biarose biarose 8 years
It really all depends on the size and danger level!
superjules superjules 8 years
I used to be crazy afraid of spiders, but not anymore. I lived in Germany for many years and they have these huge, hand sized, furry spiders there that are always in the houses due to there not being any screens on the windows. One night I went to close the window and a spider fell into my long hair. There is nothing worse that can happen to a woman than having a very large spider fall into your hair (as far as spider encounters go, that is). That cured me of my fear. Nothing worse can happen to me.
roseate roseate 8 years
Yes! I can handle the ones that have very thin legs and look like mini daddy longlegs, but large, thick-legged ones terrify me.
-Lora- -Lora- 8 years
Eww, I hate them!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I really don't like them. I'm the spider-murderer at home. My method is usually more hands-on, while hub usually uses Raid on 'em.
medicgirl medicgirl 8 years
Not really scared of them, but I definitely don't like them! I'm the spider killer in the house...cuz the male house mate is a squealer when it comes to spiders! Show me a picture of a snake though and I am outta there!!
planetkate planetkate 8 years
I'm okay with most spiders, but FURRY spiders. No. Absolutely not. That picture is making me squirmy. And yeah, @stardust...I may not sleep very well until I thoroughly exterminate my room. Last thing anyone needs is to become a foster home for baby spiders.
inlove23 inlove23 8 years
I get really annoyed when people get freaked out by stupid little house spiders (the ones you sometimes find creeping around). I mean I'm not about to make out with a spider, but they don't really bother me.
Sherellj Sherellj 8 years
I think I have the worst case of arachnaphobia EVER!
medenginer medenginer 8 years
Spiders not so much. Mice and snakes scare me.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Holy crap stardust, I think that story may have just scarred me for life.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I don't go out of my way to touch one and leave them alone if I see one. If it's in the house I just step on it. I don't have a fear of them, but I stay clear. I have an insane fear of cockroaches. Hate those things.
beckkii beckkii 8 years
VERY scared of them. Nearly all insects freak me out, but none as much as spiders.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Oh my god, yes! I can't think of anything scarier. Whenever I see one-no matter what size- I start freaking out!
satoriv satoriv 8 years
I love spiders! I don't know , I feel like they are a lucky charm :) I've been in the Amazonian jungle and believe I've seen some humongous spiders but I find them kinda mysterious and elegant. Worms on the other side...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm not afraid of spiders. I'm afraid of rodents. OMG, rodents terrify me.
juicebox07 juicebox07 8 years
I like spiders, but I'm afraid of them at the same time. That probably doesn't make much sense, but it's true. It's kind of how I also like snakes, crocodiles, and sharks. I find all these species incredibly interesting, but that doesn't mean I would want to get up close and personal with any of them.
ali321 ali321 8 years
Actually tarantualas don't bother me so much. I think it's because they're fuzzy and therefore somewhat cute. This reminds me that there is a pretty creepy spider living in my side view mirror. I feel bad killing him, but he's gross.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
It depends on the spider. If its a tarantula, then yes.
kels19 kels19 8 years
i love spiders but my boyfriend hates them, so this study doesn't really apply always.
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