Media coverage of the 'clownpocalypse' might have contributed to the growth of the phenomenon.
This is according to Dr. Mark Griffiths, a Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University, in the wake of the rising number of incidents where people have had scary encounters with individuals dressed up as clowns in the UK.
"There are well over 100 incidents up and down the country in the last week or so," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "But the UK isn't the only one affected. There have been cases in Australia and Canada.
"It does seem to me that media coverage of this has almost sparked the minority of people who would do this to actually do it.
"Most of time people are probably doing this out of boredom, but it can be psychologically damaging for someone to be really scared out of their wits."
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