Heuristic

WEEK 5

The availability heuristic is defined as thought shortcuts that help to make judgements based on information and experiences that quickly come to mind. Due to our world revolving around mass media, we tend to absorb more bad news than good news because we are almost always presented with violence and devastation. This becomes imprinted in our brains to make us feel like violence and chaos is a lot more common in the world than it actually is, which in turn causes widespread fear across the country. When we think of violence, we often think of the worst and most frequent violent events that may be exaggerated in the mind, which increases the fear of the situation.

When we are extensively and regularly exposed to violence via the media, we can become desensitized to cruel behaviors. It is said that people of the Western civilization have become so conditioned to the suffering of humans that we are essentially immune to the fear that is felt when presented with violence. This can create major social issues since the normalization of violence seems to be growing each day. When an individual is so emotionally detached from feeling any remorse for human suffering, they may begin to carry out their own acts of violence that feeds a different type of excitement. Since we have a lot more personal freedoms in America, weapons are very accessible and attainable and so are vast amounts of information. In this day and age, it is extremely easy to carry out violent and harmful acts as the amount of anger and hate people give off directly influences that.

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