What are the psychological effects of consuming violence online?

Can our bodies tell the difference between recorded violence and real life danger?

  • "The internet is an exciting and a dangerous place," says journalist and documentarian Sebastian Junger.
  • He argues that because of thousands of years of evolution, our bodies react to seeing decapitations on screens as if they were happening in front of or to us.
  • According to Junger, the internet is too new for us to really understand the long-term effects it will have on our lives.
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Imagine you're a lecturer teaching a celebrated novel that features violent scenes – say, F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925).

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We can halve most forms of violence by 2030. Here's how.

A second step is to determine where violence concentrates and who is most at risk.

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Violence has always been one of humanity's most serious global challenges. This is because for most of history, we were natural born killers.

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Our surroundings impact how we behave while drunk, argues author Malcolm Gladwell

In Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the concept of coupling.

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  • In his latest book, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the importance of environment in human behavior.
  • While your actions change when you drink alcohol, they're also tied into your surroundings.
  • Timothy Leary had a similar notion of "set and setting" that he applied to psychedelics.
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How personal experience of adversity affects our feelings of compassion towards others

Researchers measured high- and low-adversity participants' feelings of compassion.

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Imagine seeing a photograph of a suffering child in the war-torn region of Darfur, in Sudan.

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