Do you believe in ghosts?
Boo! Welcome to our first Halloween weekend at GWU. Being mischief night, there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than our weekly blog post! While browsing the internet like I usually do when I’m hard core procrastinating, I ran across an article on Live Science, which had an entire section on Halloween related phenomena, news and more. One the stuck out most to me was called Americans’ Beliefs in Paranormal Phenomena which was really an info graphic. Personally, I don’t know if I believe in ghosts but I definitely think there is some kind of supernatural force or being. Paranormal Activity, one of the more recent scary movies, really solidified my belief. For anyone who’s seen Paranormal 1, 2 or 3, they know exactly what I mean when a door slams shut and you’re home alone.
In the article, it talks about different paranormal experiences such as telepathy, psychics, reincarnations, spirits, etc. Media, itself, is a huge influence on America’s belief in the paranormal. It mentions that places like haunted houses are designed and have premonitions to be scary therefore we’re previously suggested to be scared. In addition, we we become scared we also become extraordinarily alert and hear things we otherwise might now have such as distant footsteps. The article also talked about how seniors and graduate students believe more in these questionable ideas that college freshman though. I thought that study was the most interesting since it correlates with the level of education the students have had. The article ends with a final word that these experiences seem a lot less scarier when we know what is going on. It uses the example of a Ouija board and how once we know it works, which is explained in Lindsay article, it becomes much less scary. Do you guys believe in paranormal phenomenas or have had any experiences with it?