Why are so many people addicted to pimple popping videos? There’s actually interesting science behind it.
Pimple popping videos are a phenomenon that have gained millions of views on social media sites. The craze has even moved to television where Dr. Sandra Lee, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper has garnered fame for extracting the grossest goop from people’s skin.
“Some people may find there to be sort of a sophomore attraction to seeing disgusting things, and pimples and the products that are in pimples, would be considered what we call a primary disgust elicitor,” explained professor of psychology, Dean McKay, PhD.
Also, according to researchers, when we pop our own pimples, our brain released dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good and satisfied. So, when we watch those videos, it’s likely that we’re connected to the sense of relief the subject is getting.
Some also believe the videos stimulate ASMR, which is a tingling sensation of the skin or a sense of relaxation, triggered by certain sights, sounds, and smells.
Extraction videos also provide an oh-so satisfying sense of instant gratification for viewers — in the beginning, they are presented with a problem, and by the end, they have a solution.
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