8. Fear of Teenagers (Ephebiphobia)
What’s scarier than a collection of teenage mean girls? Absolutely nothing.
However, ephebiphobia is the fear and/or loathing of teenagers. It’s not necessarily as debilitating as other phobias, and many believe it to be created by the media. The concept is that youth are troublemakers who aren’t to be trusted, and when something major happens in society — like a school shooting — society perpetuates the fear. It’s often exploited by companies that want to sell “safety” products to parents who fear what kids may do in the future.