You'd think that, with the amount of mass shootings in our country, the number one thing we'd be scared of is guns. You know, guns getting into the hands of the wrong people, as they tend to. You'd think that.
But, no, actually. According to a recent study from Chapman University, the thing we fear the most is the corruption of government officials.
The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear for 88 different fear options across a variety of domains (like crime and natural disasters) on a scale of 1 (not at all scary) to 4 (very scary). Based on their findings, here were the top 10 fears for 2015:
Corruption of government officials (58.0%)
Corporate tracking of personal information (44.6%)
Terrorist attacks (44.4%)
Government tracking of personal information (41.4%)
Identity theft (39.6%)
Economic collapse (39.2%)
Running out of money in the future (37.4%)
Credit card fraud (36.9%)
Maybe it's because I'm in Halloween mode, but I'm very surprised that personal anxieties like spiders, clowns, and ghosts weren't higher up on the list. It is, however, super hard to quantify fear, so keep that in mind when reading the results — which you can find at length here.