Pimples are pretty commonplace. Most of us get at least a few offenders once puberty hits. But what the heck makes us all want to watch them being popped?
Or, have one hang out on your skin for about twenty years?
Whatever reason people have for not treating their blemishes is none of my business. I can’t believe it, I sympathize, and at the same time, I also start to believe that it must be more complicated psychologically- and maybe physically- for the patients, than it looks.
But what the heck makes us all want to watch them being popped? Why in good gravy do we love to watch pimple popping videos??
I admit I’m not untouched. I got sucked in. I started watching some on a recommendation, and then I couldn’t really stop. My partner was disgusted, and I’m pretty sure he questioned my sanity.
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Granted, he was glued to his iPad with something else, and only sort of glanced over, so he doesn’t know the true power of the pop, but my toddler joined in, enthralled at some blackhead extractions. “It’s someone’s back!” Gasp!
I think the allure of the videos lies in something simple: there IS something pretty gratifying about waiting for all that puss to ooze out. And then seeing it happen.
And the SACKS- blackhead sacks that need to be poked and prodded to be extracted: they slide out, and they’re almost the size of a quarter-yesss. It feels so good.
But WHY does it feel so rewarding? The experts say it’s about the thrill. The professionals say we may love to watch pimple popping onscreen because our “danger” sensors go off.
But we know we won’t be harmed. We’re watching it all from the safety of our home, and it gives us a rise: that’s the beauty of voyeuristically witnessing zit destruction.
Daniel Kelly, an assistant professor of philosophy at Purdue University, and author of Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust, explained it to Cosmopolitan.com:
“It’s the same kind of thrill people get from, say, riding a roller coaster or bungee jumping- it activates the experience that typically comes with a real kind of danger while actually being protected from the harmful effects typically associated with those situations.”
“One of the main functions of disgust, the heart of this particular emotion’s primary job or core mission, is to protect us from infectious diseases,” he added.
So, there you go. If you can’t get yourself on the Tilt-a-Whirl or the Zumbafloom at the local amusement park but you’re cravin’ that mental zing, click here.
And if Dr. Pimple Popper’s blackheads don’t do it for you, maybe the popping of this guy’s blemish that’s the size of a drink coaster will satisfy your hair-raising needs.
Or, it could be that deflating benign cysts is really more your thing.