Morbid curiosity is our fascination with ‘compelling awfulness’, like the footage of a plane crash, or a celebrity meltdown on camera.
People rubbernecking on a car crash site, for instance, cause further accidents just because the curious drivers cannot look away from the crash site and in front of their own vehicle.
Our attraction towards morbid, horrifying and destruction-oriented objects and situations is due to our wanting to experience someone else’s suffering, or evaluate dangers that can threaten us.
This is why we enjoy gory or sad films, curious about the misfortune of others. The problems we see mirror our own relationships, values and the connections we have. Death fascinates us, as it makes us feel truly alive.
From Chernobyl to concentration camps: why the morbid fascination with places of death and disaster?
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