American High school and college football cause around 12 deaths a year(Average 12 school football players die each year, study says)
So why do more people fear spiders over coconuts, football or cows? The majority of the fears we have do not necessarily aid us in our survival. In this common case of the fear of spiders, something we could have deemed positive has become a major component that holds someone back. If we are comparing our fears by definition we should be more afraid of cows, coconuts, and football than spiders
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