They have been taught to fear them because our parents were afraid. It's a taught fear. The only way to not be afraid is to educate yourself on them and associate with them. No one likes to be bitten and many are frightened by what they look like. Add the fact some are poisonous and not very friendly and there you have it.
I am not afraid of spiders but I really really dislike them. I do not want them on me, or in my bed, or house or whatever. I have seen really large spiders outside on the wood pile and I am fine with that - but please stay out of my house.
I have always felt that way about spiders, but neither of my parents were that way so I did not learn it from them. I know often there is no rhyme or reason for it. I dislike spiders but snakes don't bother me. Weird I guess.
Some spiders are poisonous. I'm no expert on spiders to know which ones are and which ones are not, so I think it best to avoid them altogether. I have no problem with Daddy-Long-Legs and other spiders I can easily identify as being non-poisonous though.
OK seriously, if you want to argue semantics, Venom is a type of poison secreted by animals and typically delivered by biting or stinging. "Poison" may be more broad than "venom," but that doesn't make it any less lethal.
Our notions of cute and cuddly are instinctual. They are "cookie cutter" because our brains have evolved that way. The less human an animal looks human, the more suspicion and fear we regard it with. It keeps us from going extinct.
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