56 PERCENT OF U.S.
-- Despite Fears, Disneyland Resort in California Welcomes Monsters --
ANAHEIM, Calif., FRIDAY, January 13th, 2006Disneyland* admit they fear, or have feared monsters.
The DisneylandUnited States to gauge their biggest fears.
The survey found that 86 percent of adults and 91 percent of youngsters admitted to being very scared of something. Nearly one-in-five adults (18 percent) also said they are scared of more things now than they were as a child. Adults admit to other scares, including snakes (38 percent), fear of heights (36 percent), watching scary movies (22 percent) and the dark (eight percent).
In addition to scary noises (42 percent), 40 percent of youngsters admit they are scared of bugs, while 39 percent say scary movies do the trick. Children also admit they are very afraid of the dark (29 percent) and being home alone (22 percent).
hood is a time for facing many fears. As children get older, their fears change as a result of their surroundings. E
Big Celebrity Scares
Disneyland reached out to several celebrities who revealed some of their biggest fears:
It seems Jennifer Love HewittSerena Williams admit they are still afraid of the dark and monsters under the bed.
Pop singer and tween heartthrob Jesse McCartney
Rock star Sheryl Crow
Malcolm David Kelley
43 percent of adults and 55 percent of youth remember thinking monsters were in or around their house
As children (under the age 13), 22 percent of adults were very scared of monsters under their bed and 20 percent of adults were scared of monsters in their closet
42 percent of youth are scared of hearing scary noises, 40 percent are afraid of bugs and 39 percent are frightened by scary movies
Both youths and adults who are scared of something typically remember being scared for the first time around the age of five
86 percent of adults say they have overcome many of their childhood fears
24 percent of adults remember being scared the first time by a real-life situation that happened to them, 18 percent recall a nightmare as their first scare, 14 percent said it was something they saw in a movie did it, while 13 percent said they were scared the first time by their own imagination
About the Survey
Harris Interactive fielded three online surveys on behalf of Coyne Public Relations. The first survey was conducted between November 21 and November 23, 2005 among a nationwide sample of 2,311 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older, of whom 1,962 are very scared of something. The second was conducted between November 16 and 22, 2005 among a nationwide sample of 1,602 U.S. youth ages 8-17 years, of whom 1,449 are very scared of something. The third was conducted between December 20 and 22, 2005 among a nationwide sample of 2,013 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older, of whom 996 have been afraid of monsters.