How is it that a car crash can tie up traffic on both sides of the highway? A small or even a terrible accident can be completely contained on one side of the divider; yet traffic can also come to a virtual standstill on the other side. Rubbernecking we call it, implying we have to really work at getting a look. What are we looking for? If it’s reassurance that no one was seriously hurt, news is at our fingertips, we no longer have to wait for the morning paper. The disturbing reality, however, is that we can find injury enticing. Are we hoping to catch a glimpse of someone bleeding, in pain, or dead? Surely we get enough of that on our TV screens. Behavior doesn’t have to be against the law to be indicative of the lowest common denominator in human nature.
Monkey see monkey do.
How true is this!