What do you attritube to the decline in the belief of fairies?

Do you think the Cottingley Fairy Hoax contributed to today’s lack of enthusiam for fairies?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_fairies

Or is it because not much money can be made out of promoting belief in fairies compared to other paranormal frauds?

16 thoughts on “What do you attritube to the decline in the belief of fairies?

  1. Obviously, the latter.

    I am very clever king… tok tok tok tok… I am super genius… I am robot king of the monkey thing… compute… compute.

  2. The decline in religion. The Internet is wising people up regarding the swindle it is.
    But I think it is a pity about the fairies. There should be something in your life based on faith.

  3. Yes for sure, it was so silly they actually believed those kids in the first place. I saw the true story…They used cut outs, lol….

  4. same reason people stop believing in everything else. they try to mature themselves and make themselves more grown up. their minds have stopped believing the fantasy’s that might have been or are true

  5. idk its kinda one of those weird questions.. i mean some people do beleive in magic and fairies and such and other people completly think they are not real. either way fairies have made money almost any idea now a days can make money. personaly i think either way promoting beileif in faires will not make very much money because they seem so unreal like where would they exsist. hope this helps

  6. I think it’s just the connection people hold between children and fairies. Our world revolves around science and logic and people seem to try to distance themselves from any notions of childhood and attempt to be as “grown up” as possible. It’s a shame really:(

  7. Possibly the belief is not as attractive because fairies do not provide power to the person who believes in them, nor does the concept of fairies instill fear. It seems to me that most “paranormal frauds” which people do believe revolve around the fear of death, the promise of life, or the promise of power/wealth. Fairies do not really provide any of those things, so to believe in them does not give the believer any advantage over then non-believer.

  8. No, I think the decline in belief in fairies is directly correlated to the rise in belief in aliens. I bet you’d find an anti-correlation between sightings of the two over the years as well. One just replaced the other, while neither really exists of course (at least if aliens exist somewhere, they aren’t visiting us).

  9. They’re fake. Simple as that. People are getting slightly more intelligent and now realise this? No, I’m sure it can’t be that. It’s just becoming common sense. And I’ve never heard of someone becoming rich off of being a medium, psychic (Sylvia Browne is a rare example), or a paranormal investigator.

  10. I’ve never heard much about fairies…except in fairy tales. I was really surprised to hear people actually believe in them.

  11. Consider that the decline in the belief in faeries coincided with the rise in the belief in UFOs and aliens. Eri pointed this out earlier and it makes good sense.

    Further, consider that faeries are often said to live in wooded areas. Most of us now live in villages, towns, and cities that have a few wooded lots and no real deep forests. Thus, how many people would really be in a spot to “see” a fairy?

    It is most likely that old encounters with “faeries” were really encounters with birds seen in dim light, in thick undergrowth, etc.

    It is also possible that such encounters were really the result of pleasant but delusional states of mind brought on by isolation, a romantic longing to encounter an other-worldly being, and an active imagination. Would such an encounter, delusional as it may be, be a bad thing? I don’t think so. It would just be a subjective experience but one that could inspire or motivate one to take a deeper interest in woodlands, nature, and things of that sort.

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