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The purpose of this report is to show the conclusions of a survey into ghosts and spirits. Do people believe in them? Have people ever had a paranormal experience? The information was gathered from a group of 12 students of English in the EOI of Mieres (8 female and 4 male) aged 18-39. The survey was carried out using the Internet: both the questions and the answers to the survey were published in the Blog of the EOI of Mieres. No differences between were found between people of different ages or gender, so this data is omitted from the conclusions of this report.
Finding out the attitude towards fear was the first aim of the survey. Two questions were used for collecting this information: the first one was about whether they considered themselves easy to scare and the second was about whether they found it difficult to get asleep after watching a terror film. Over 50% do consider themselves easy to scare and almost the same percentage has sleeping difficulties after watching a terror film. The main part of the survey dealt with the belief in ghosts and spirits. The majority of the students (66,67%) deny their existence; the rest of the percentage is divided equally between the believers and the undecided people.
The third part of the survey was about paranormal experiences. A very insignificant number said that they have tried to communicate with the spirit world with a ouija board successfully. Rather surprisingly, all the people interviewed said that they have never had an experience they would describe as paranormal. In contrast, 25% said that they did know somebody (relatives, friends…) that had had a paranormal experience. In conclusion, 1 out of 2 people consider themselves easy to scare and, approximately, 2 out of 3 have had sleeping difficulties after watching a terror film. In spite of that, the vast majority of the students surveyed neither believe in ghost and spirits nor have never had a paranormal experience; but 1 out of 5 people have a relative or friend that have had a paranormal experience.