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Attacked by a white/clear spider in California, is this normal?

Hi everyone, just now I was simply surfing the web in my room and all of a sudden I see a mini white spider slide down from the ceiling just inches away from my face.
I was absolutely astonished and felt as though the spider wanted to attack me.
I know almost nothing about the types of arachnides out there so I wasn't sure if this was poisonous. I used a notebook to take it to the sink and it's currently sitting there just walking around.
I wanted to know if this was a normal thing for spiders, or do I have something in my room that is attracting them perhaps?
What might have caused this specific spider to approach me like this?

Also, I requested an ID request for the spider- sorry the picture isn't that amazing. I'll also have it here for reference.
From my brief research I believe that it may be a yellow sac spider, but I could be wrong.
Thanks a bunch in advance for your feedback!

A.P.

Image of spider: https://imgur.com/a/nyfvL

Relax
The spider probably wandered into your house and became "lost". It had no intention of biting, and the "attack" was likely just a coincidence.

If you take a look at the Spiders page on bugguide, it says that spiders will NOT chase or seek out humans. There is also helpful advice on how to relocate them outdoors.

I have handled spiders all my life, and many species often refuse to bite at all, instead running for cover. Same applies to many other "dangerous" arthropods, which generally ignore humans unless molested.

Cheers

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