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Why do people find traffic accidents so fascinating?

Asked by SQUEEKY2 (20607points) July 4th, 2017

I mean the accident can be on the other side of the freeway off the road completely yet both sides of the highway have to come to a complete stop.
The first responders will be trying to get traffic moving, and yet these people feel they still have to come to a complete stop and stare at the accident, with the police there telling them to keep moving.
Do they not realize they are backing up traffic for miles?
Of course slow down obey the flag people, but stopping to stare is making the situation worse and unsafe for everyone.

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

So why the need to stare?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think it’s natural to stare. I don’t know why. I do it to try and puzzle out how the accident was caused, if I’m a passenger. If I’m driving I give it a passing glance.

Coming to a full stop to gawk is stupid. I may slow down some, but I’d never come to a complete stop in the middle of the road.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

You wouldn’t believe how many do, even with the cops there yelling at them to keep moving.
And people wonder why I am so freaking cranky.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I feel your crankiness, man.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Believe me I am not trying to turn this into a rant, I truly would like to know why people find traffic accidents so fascinating to a point they could care less if they back up traffic for miles, or in fact may cause another accident.

PullMyFinger's avatar

I think it’s because they’re hoping for some gruesome story they can tell later (and next week, and next year) to anyone who will listen in rapt fascination.

Behavior like that is a distant cousin to all this tweeting and sharing photos of what you had for lunch, or some monotonous bullshit that your cat did on Facebook…

Dutchess_III's avatar

They aren’t thinking at all @SQUEEKY2. I was at a fast food drive through the other day. Cars were literally backed up into the street. I was 4rd in line. The car in front of the car in front of me moved up, the car in front of me didn’t move. This repeated 3 times. I honked at her. She screamed out her window “We can’t even order yet! What’s your rush!”
I said, “There are cars sitting in the street waiting to get into the parking lot!”
“Fuck them!”
And that’s you answer, @SQUEEKY2. If they even realize it, they don’t care.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

The novelty wears off over time. Like when I got bored with mountains and wildlife, in Jasper national park after 17 years. Now I amazed at 24hours and everyday breakfast from McDonald’s.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@Dutchess_III Your right but they forget all that if they are the ones on the street waiting to get in.

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