We all have things we’re afraid of but when things go bump in the night, those fears might not seem so irrational. Arizona residents are not immune to having a phobia … or 10. With Halloween coming up, those fears might not seem so irrational.
That’s what the team at e-conolight had in mind when they compiled a list of 43 common phobias and analyzed Google Trends search interest over the past year to find the top-searched phobia in every state.
We all have that one thing that makes our heart race a little faster, and our palms get a bit sweatier. So, we turned to Google Trends to illuminate the most searched phobias across the nation. Whether they are common fears or more quirky, unusual ones, we’ve got data that will make you say, “So, I’m not the only one!”
From the typical fears of heights and flying to the more unique and peculiar anxieties, we’ve uncovered a range of phobias that vary in their creepiness levels. Which fear tops the list in the majority of the states? Is there a particular phobia that’s the talk of the town in certain regions more than others? Keep reading to uncover all this and more.
The top-searched phobia in Arizona is insects.
In Utah, the most searched phobia brings a chuckle — it’s Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, the fear of long words. It’s a bit of a tongue twister and one can only imagine the irony of having to tell someone that you have a fear of long words using such a long word.
Nebraska stands out with a unique fear all its own—Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. Whether it’s the exaggerated makeup or the unpredictable antics, clowns seem to be giving the residents of Nebraska the heebie-jeebies, making us wonder how they feel about a circus visit!
Connecticut seems to have a collective aversion to dental visits, with Dentophobia being the most searched phobia. The sound of dental drills and the sight of those sharp tools might just be the things of nightmares for the residents of this state.
Around the time when ghosts and ghouls come out to play, states like Florida and Maryland seem to be grappling with Hemophobia, the fear of blood. It adds a bit of real-world fright to the spooky season, making Halloween decorations and horror movies all the more eerie!
Vermont’s most searched phobia, Nyctophobia, the fear of the dark or night, is similarly more prominent this time of year. It’s a reminder of the primal fear of the unknown lurking in the shadows, making every bump in the night a potential source of fright!
Minnesota adds a layer of morbid fascination to the list with its top phobia, Necrophobia, the fear of dead bodies. This fear certainly turns graveyards into places of terror and adds an extra chill to the tales of the undead told during the spooky season.