Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious?

The fear of Friday the 13th, also known friggatriskaidekaphobia, is one of the most commonly held superstitions worldwide.
Fridays have been deemed to be an unlucky day since medieval times. Some people are known to go to the extent of avoiding starting a job, marriage, move houses or give birth on a Friday.

According to a 2002 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Friday the 13th was concluded to be more dangerous for women since they suffered from a higher level of anxiety from the superstition.

Dutch statisticians have, on the other hand, concluded that Friday the 13th is actually safer than an average Friday.

"I find it hard to believe that it is because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home, but statistically speaking, driving is a little bit safer on Friday 13th," said Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) statistician Alex Hoen, reported Reuters.

Hoen said less accidents and reports of fire and theft are reported when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday.

Are you superstitious?

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