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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerJan 21, 2013Hobbyist 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.