percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and about one-third believe in ghosts. Tens of thousands of people around the world actively search for ghosts as a hobby. Researcher Sharon Hill of the Doubtful Newsblog counted about 2,000 active amateur ghost-hunting groups in America. Ghosts have been a popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless stories, from "Macbeth" to the Bible, and even spawning their own folklore genre: ghost stories. Ghosts are perhaps the most common paranormal belief in the world. Part of the reason is that belief in ghosts is part of a larger web of related paranormal beliefs, including near-death experience, life after death, and spirit communication.
The idea that the dead remain with us in spirit is an ancient one, and one
that offers many people comfort; who doesn't want to believe that our beloved
but deceased family members aren't looking out for us, or with us in our times
of need? Most people believe in ghosts because of personal experience; they have
seen or sensed some unexplained presence.
OK now you decide. Just this once, I triple dare you. Just takes a second. PLEEEEAAASSE. Make room for the ghost.