(CBS Radio) — Most Americans have grown up hearing about the things in our country that we “should” be afraid of … and mainstream media helps heighten our already unhealthy levels of fear by perpetuating and highlighting the very things we’re taught to fear. The media is very good at using trigger words that create anxiety among the general public.
But, is it plausible that some, if not all of these fears are irrational? And, is it possible that the things we have grown fearful of are not our biggest threats? Indeed…
- We’re taught to believe that mentally ill people are dangerous, that they commit crimes and that they should be separated from society, not integrated with society. But the truth is, a mentally ill person is more likely to be the victim of a crime than they are to commit a crime.
- Getting bit by a poisonous spider can be deadly … however, in the United States, there have not been any reported deaths due to a black widow spider bite in about ten years.
- People are fearful of terrorism that may strike without warning on American soil … but, in 2013, more Americans were killed by toddlers in accidental shootings than in a terrorism attack.
- We’re taught at an early age that bears, snakes, bees, spiders, alligators and wolves can kill us — but in fact, more Americans are killed each year by deer than all of these other creatures, combined!
- Undoubtedly, a shark attack can be fatal … but, did you know that in America, you’re much more likely to die from being attacked by a pig than a shark? True story!
- Airplane crashes look devastating and terrifying when portrayed on the news. But did you know, that you are much more likely to die in a car crash than in a plane crash? Furthermore, your chances of surviving a plane crash is actually pretty good. The survival rate for airplane crashes is 95.7 percent.
-QC Writer, CBS Radio