What makes entertainment so addicting is the fact that humans are wired to seek out drama. And not just our drama, but other people’s too.
“We evolved to learn through storytelling, and telling stories is how we share the wisdom of our tribe, so it’s tied up with all kinds of deep psychology.” Storytelling and stories have been around for thousands of years. It’s only natural that humans are intrigued by them.
Social media feeds are filled with drama daily.
#WokeBae, #ExposePorn, or even #EtherBae. These are used frequently to make fun of someone or spread rumors. And while some might get annoyed by this negativity, it’s simply our instinct to crave drama.
Our ancestors thrived off gossiping about the people in their tribes, and we have carried that gene with us throughout time. We love a good story of gossip, but only if it’s about someone else. And while sometimes these stories can be hurtful and damaging to a person’s reputation, humans seem to forget the repercussions at the moment.
“No one likes to think themselves as duplicitous or manipulative.” However, as long as it entertains us and gives us a good laugh, I think we can let the gossip slide.
The popularity of stories is undeniable, and their impact on society can be seen everywhere we look. For millennia people have used stories as a form of entertainment and, most recently, as a means of learning. How this has been done has changed with the times, though. A significant change today is the growing use of online articles instead of books or other printed media.
Storytelling has always been a part of the human experience, from when language was developed before written communication existed to today, where entire careers are based on storytelling. What has changed significantly since then, though, is the impact stories have had on our lives and society as a whole. In all stages of history, they have been used to entertain, inform and teach.
As writing developed from hieroglyphics to the handwriting we know today, stories were still used extensively and as a form of entertainment and instruction in history, society rules, and religion. However, the main difference was that it changed from a strictly oral delivery system to the written word. This allowed people to spread information further and faster across large areas. This allowed cultures to develop faster and new ideas to spread rapidly.
Nowadays, many people rely on online articles to learn about the world through teaching facts and life events. Stories are used in these kinds of articles all the time to connect with readers using emotional triggers. The more emotionally engaged individuals are, the more likely they will remember it and pass it on.
How people use stories has changed over time, but their impact on society has not waned. People everywhere still use them daily to learn new concepts, enjoy themselves, or pass along important information about life events. The main difference now is that written stories are replaced with online articles, social media, and video.