Public speaking was thought to be the #1 fear. Apparently that is no longer the case. I think that's because social media and reality shows have created this "celebrity-ism" that many are seeking now. People are less afraid to put themselves out there.

Public speaking is still a big fear for people, just not #1. I'm not a fan of it either (I know, I work in radio). I also do not like snakes, needles and confined spaces. But I don't fear them to the point where they cripple me like some people. Here are the top ten fears in America according to a new survey.

1.  Snakes,  51% 

Getty Images

2.  Heights, 38%.

3.  The Dentist, 23%.

tommaso79 via Getty Images

4.  Confined spaces, a.k.a. claustrophobia, 21%.

andriano_cz via Getty Images

5.  Needles, 21%.

 

6.  Clowns, 18%.

Thinkstock

7.  Public speaking, 17%.

YurolaitsAlbert via Getty Images

8.  The dark, 15%.

sNorrisPhoto via Getty Images

9.  Flying, 14%.

10.  Birds, 5%.  

MriyaWildlife via Getty Images

Get the 'Loon Extra' Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest Minnesota & rock news in your inbox a couple times a week. If we're not awesome, drop us like a hot potato.