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Creepiness is the state of being creepy, or causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease.[1] A person who exhibits creepy behaviour is called a creep. Certain traits or hobbies may make people seem creepy to others. The internet has been described as increasingly creepy.[2] Adam Kotsko has compared the modern conception of creepiness to the Freudian concept of unheimlich. The term has also been used to describe paranormal or supernatural phenomena.

History and studies[edit]

In the abstract the feeling of "creepiness" is subjective: for example some dolls have been described as creepy.[3]

During the 20th century, association was made between involuntary celibacy and creepiness.[4]

The concept of creepiness has only recently been formally addressed in social media marketing.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pages, The Society. "What is "creepiness"? - Sociological Images".
  2. ^ "The Age of Creepiness". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ "What is 'Creepiness'?". 6 October 2015.
  4. ^ Flynt, Henry (1975). Blueprint for a Higher Civilization. In 1961-1962, I tried to develop a theory of the creep problem. This theory took involuntary celibacy as the defining characteristic of the creep.
  5. ^ Rishi, Bikramjit; Bandyopadhyay, Subir (2017). Contemporary Issues in Social Media Marketing. p. 195. ISBN 978-1317193982. In this chapter, we define creepiness and discuss how privacy and perceived creepiness differ. Then, we explain why creepiness matters and provide recommendations to minimize the negative effect of perceived creepiness on customer


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