Curious, I decided to find the answer to my own question as I hit the halls of Bountiful High during lunch one day to find out just what it is that makes us scream in terror, cower in fright, and break out into cold sweats when thunder and lightning no longer fit the bill. My results were actually quite surprising.
When asked what his biggest fear was, Sterling Pabla replied: “Being buried alive. Just the idea of having dirt surround me and not being able to breathe is scary.” Several others agreed with him, but collectively, being buried alive only clocked in at number four on the list of biggest high school fears. Although, the people who claim to have this fear are lucky since they will probably never have to personally experience and deal with it in their lives.
Just above being buried alive, in the number three spot, is rejection. When I asked for clarification on this one, I was given all sorts of answers. Some people were scared of being rejected by friends, others by classmates, and only a handful said they were afraid of being rejected by the opposite gender; which I thought would be the biggest explanation. Obviously though, I was wrong.
If you aren’t scared yet, you might just find yourself in agreement with the next fear as summed up by Amy Andresen’s statement of “I hate heights.” Nothing like looking down when you know you shouldn’t because you’re up somewhere far above the ground to get your heart racing, right? Actually, most people were more scared of the idea of falling from somewhere high up than the actual height, but even this common fear didn’t make it as No.1.
At the top of the list as the thing more high schoolers are scared of than anything else, the big No. 1, we hate spiders. Forget the fact that most of the ones we come in contact with can be squished with a tissue or the bottom of our shoe; these eight-legged creepy-crawlies scare people of all ages, and will probably always continue to do so.
Popular fears aside, there are lots of other things that scare people. Some people have unique fears such as Cassie Smith who is terrified of birds. Yes, birds. “I think birds are terrifying. They have beady little eyes and dinosaur feet. They’re just scary.” She admitted when I asked her about it. Other unique fears included: stone angels, demons, screwing up while saving somebody, and whales. I guess this just goes to show that anything can be scary regardless of our age.
By Laura Densley