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Why do we have some morbid curiosity for sickening things?

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everfae Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
The severity of something you see can range from simply disgusting to outright horrid, sickening and extremely shocking.

I'm talking about when humans are in horrible situations - from somebody doing something disgusting in front of the camera (I'm sure you can figure out my reference) to a film of somebody actually losing their life or having serious harm inflicted on them where it causes them and those around them pain.

Why does it seem like people like to share sickening videos, even be entertained by it, like some sort of extreme version of 'You've Been Framed' ?
Of course I understand these extreme videos are shocking, not something you'll see in everyday life which sparks some sort of curiosity for them.. to watch them..
but why are we curious? why do people have this curiosity to be shocked and grossed out, rather than the more logical reaction of being disgusted and not watching or sharing anything of the sort?
Just writing this makes me angry. I'm not angry at any individual or human kind, just angry because I can't understand where this curiosity comes from..

sigh.
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Lifh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
It depends on what you are talking about. If you are refering to things such as violent movies or video games, then - Most people can decern reality and fantasy. People who watch and enjoy horror movies are games are not sadists. They know it is fake and do not enjoy seeing real life sitiuations of violence happen to other people or them. If you have such a huge problem with it, then the ratings are there for a reason. Personally, I know it best to expose your children to these things early. I've been watching horror movies since I was six. I am now 17 and I am a pacifist. I love violent video games and horror movies though. I know its not real. I haven't seen a scary movie that actually scared me, unless if your talking about "jump" scares, like the ones you see on YouTube.
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:iconcrimeroyale:
CrimeRoyale Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional
... Welcome to humanity?
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:iconcopaceticchaos:
CopaceticChaos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
BestGore
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:iconfantasylover103:
fantasylover103 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Some people are just plain curious,which is fine, it's Pandora's fault for that.

Some people are just mentally insane, cursed, and sickened to the point of breaking madness.

It's just how people are raised and created.
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MunkiiC Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Its odd. Just a part of us. Consider gladiator arenas, or how a family would all hop in their horse drawn wagon and leave early in the morning so they could get to town in time to see some dude get hung in the square.
I dont think its a new behavior, it just manifests differently now than it did in other periods of time.
It must be a way of making peace with one's own life(?)or unavoidable death... like a 'there but by the grace of god go I" kind of thing.
Or "better him than me."

Im getting my fix
from the old samurai flicks.
and kung fu movies.

(woah, that was almost a haiku!)
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everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I agree that it's definitely not new! I'm glad you referenced back to the Gladiators. Makes me think of common public beheadings and hangings centuries back too.

(well done, heh!)
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:iconbumsy:
Bumsy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This morning I Googled "prolapsed uterus." Now I know what it looks like. There were even photos of animals with it.
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Oh wow, that's something I wouldn't like to google!
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stop judging me for poking shit :crying:

But seriously, nfi.
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Btw, I'm not judging you! :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
nfi?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no fucking idea :B
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:iconahnna:
Ahnna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Pandora's Box, bro.
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CherylBlanche Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
An image that is shocking is something you're not so familiar with that you've grown resistant to, that means it is very interesting by default. The difference between the people who watch it and the ones who don't despite finding it potentially interesting, is that some people are overwhelmed emotionally so they avoid it, and others aren't, so they don't.
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zodiacgal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't like horror movies. :grump:
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I find it strange what bothers me. I can watch the most violent, gory horror films, surgeries, gross graphic stuff..but then a cartoon like Happy Tree Friends might actually churn my stomach. I think it's something about the blend of cuteness and gore that really sickens me. I can't watch those animal cruelty vids either... XD
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
What is Happy Tree Friends? a blend of cute and gore? O:
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
ya, that's exactly what it is. I can't watch it. The cute animals look like this (don't worry, nothing scary here): [link]

and horrible things happen to them, mostly accidents. Heads fly off, skin gets melted, fur burns off, eyeballs pop out, blood flies.. it's awful X_X Some people really get a kick out of it.. I just feel kinda sick :f
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everfae Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oh dear! I love cutie animals like that, I can't watch that happen to them, even if it's a cartoon :( But I definitely wouldn't be as shocked as a real life video. Maybe just a bit saddened!
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't think I could watch either, unless it's a case of predator and prey in nature.. but even then, I can't always watch.
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RockyGems Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
It's called "catharsis." [link]
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I see :)
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:iconrockygems:
RockyGems Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm sure my literature teacher will be pleased to hear I've been using her lessons to solve internet dilemmas :XD:
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Yaaaaay! :D
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MrBonecracker Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can you resist?

sarch for "cist" on youtube
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I'm fine thanks!
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:iconpuzzledheartbox:
PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Cause disturbing shit like that, pleases me?

Now go film yourself falling down the stairs straight into a meat grinder!
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
No thank you :)
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:iconpuzzledheartbox:
PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Aw ;(
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:iconwolfclaw97:
wolfclaw97 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's always a place for curiosity.
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:icongreeneyedyoshika:
GreenEyedYoshika Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Curiosity killed the cat and its remaining 8 lives.
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:iconpuzzledheartbox:
PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
But satisfaction brought it back :).
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:icongreeneyedyoshika:
GreenEyedYoshika Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed.
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:iconredmarlin:
redmarlin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Because normal everyday life is boring. That's why.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
We're curious because it's supposed to be something 'forbidden" that we aren't supposed to see. No SANE person goes around decapitating kittens so we never know what the inside of a kitten's head looks like; until someone does it for real and then we can't look away. Because it's something new and surprising that we've never seen before. Looking at gross shit can be a huge opportunity for learning, and if it wasn't for some truly terrible people stealing grave-rotten corpses right out of their holes to sell to shady "doctors" in Universities we might not even have modern medicine right now.

For those who don't want to learn, it's either an opportunity to experience a range of emotions outside of "bored" or "frustrated," and a chance to look at other people and affirm how much better they are than the rest of humanity.
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
But a huge range of emotions outside bored and fustrated can still be experienced without watching disturbing things.
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:iconcindarellapop:
CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Disturbing things sure help though.
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Maybe a little,
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:iconcindarellapop:
CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I always liked them.
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What upsets me the most is how this curiosity almost always crops up at night, when we're about to go to bed. That's when I always end up looking up things like Anancephaly or Postmortem Photography, and I always regret it.
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everfae Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Everything always crops up at night. Happiness or sadness, lonliness perhaps, desire to eat, .... everything but sleep!
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prosaix Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I have no curiosity whatsoever on what this thread is about.
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:icondatas-girl:
Datas-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Then why post? :iconeweplz:
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:icon290pika:
290Pika Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Because it's available in that weird part of YouTube.
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The-Vibeke Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I totally agree with you. I never click those links. I am NOT curious enough to see that gross stuff!
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Yeah... :( I like your icon by the way, its gorgeous.
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:iconthe-vibeke:
The-Vibeke Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thank you! ^_^
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:iconatlantech:
Atlantech Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
human kind has always been this way.
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everfae Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I know, but I wonder if its a biological or a social cause.
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