LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey from leading personal finance website GOBankingRates.com asked Americans how prominently money weighs on their minds, finding 66 percent of our greatest fears are about money. More people said they are afraid of living paycheck to paycheck, falling into debt and becoming homeless than actually dying.
Additionally, one in three respondents reported obsessing about money all the time.
"Money is one of the biggest sources of fear there is, because it affects everything from our basic wants and needs to our social status, professional success and psychological well-being," said Christina Lavingia, an editor for GOBankingRates. "Money is pervasive; it's involved in almost every decision we make, and therefore it cannot be ignored."
Americans are more afraid of money troubles than spiders, gaining weight, being the victim of a crime and dying.
Millennials' biggest financial fear is unemployment, whereas baby boomers are most worried about never getting out of debt.
30 percent of Americans say paying their bills is their most dreaded financial task, more so than doing their taxes.
To see GOBankingRates' analysis of why people are more afraid of going broke than dying, visit http://bit.ly/1pPMF6w.
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