Why Do Some Peo­ple Love To Watch Pim­ples Burst?

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On­line videos of pim­ples be­ing squeezed are pop­u­lar. In spite of the fact that the videos cause dis­gust in view­ers, many of us find it hard not to look. Dis­gust is the brain’s way of telling us that we should dis­tance our­selves from a po­ten­tial dan­ger – such as con­ta­gious dis­eases – but cu­rios­ity is another strong in­cen­tive in the brain. Ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists, the videos might be so pop­u­lar, be­cause the brain acts out its cu­rios­ity with­out any risk of in­fec­tion. The same phe­nom­e­non is at work when we watch thrillers, etc.

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