Press Release: April 01, 2010

A new nationwide study of 1,976 people aged 18-30 by www.tenerife.co.uk has found that more people have a fear of clowns, known as Coulrophobia, than flying, a fear known as Aerophobia.

Tenerife.co.uk commissioned the poll to look into people's fears; as a travel agent they wanted to uncover whether flying was a phobia that was highly ranked when compared to other things people were scared of. The research found that flying was actually a less common fear than clowns, needles and spiders.

When asked the multi-answer question, 'Which of the following are you scared of?' tenerife.co.uk found the top ten phobias, based on the percentage of people who admitted being affected by the issue were;

1.Spiders54% (Arachnophobia)
2.Needles51% (Trypanophobia)
3.Clowns44% (Coulrophobia)
4.Flying32% (Aerophobia)
5.Confined Spaces23% (Claustrophobia)
6.Dying19% (Thanatophobia)
7.Germs14% (Mysophobia)
8.Heights11% (Acrophobia)
9.Strangers 3% (Xenophobia)
10.Vomit2% (Emetophobia)

Tenerife.co.uk further questioned the respondents who didn't have a fear of flying. 67% of those that said they wouldn't be frightened during a flight said they felt safer on a plane than they did in a car. Further findings from the study include nearly a third, 31%, of the respondents claiming the flight was one of the things they most looked forward to about a holiday.

Speaking about the fact flying appeared as a less common phobia than clowns, spiders and needles, Chris Brown, Managing Director of tenerife.co.uk, said;

"You often hear about people who are afraid of flying and we really wanted to look into how this phobia compared to other fears. Phobias are no laughing matter, but it's difficult not to see the funny side when more are scared of clowns than flying. Clowns are supposed to make people laugh, but I guess films like Steven King's "It" haven't helped and many people would rather be 30,000 feet in the air than in the same room as a clown."

LINK http://www.tenerife.co.uk


For more information, or to arrange an interview with somebody about Tenerife.co.uk, contact Shannon Haigh of 10 Yetis PR Agency on 01452 348211 or email shannon@10yetis.co.uk.

Editors Notes

Tenerife.co.uk launched in March 2010 and is from the founders of the UK's fastest growing online independent travel agent sunshine.co.uk. Tenerife.co.uk offers holidays solely to Tenerife.

Sunshine.co.uk is the UK's leading online independent travel agent and was founded by Chris Brown and Chris Clarkson, the same people behind Holiday Watchdog which was bought by TripAdvisor in February 2008 for an undisclosed amount of money. Sunshine.co.uk offers low cost holidays and budget flights to destinations all over the world as well as great deals and discounted hotels.

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