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Desensitization - a pretty loaded word for me

The conversation kept moving away from de-sensitization on Tuesday, but I think it is an important topic to address. I’ve given a lot of thought to desensitization in the past, and I think that it’s an unfortunate product of life experience.

I believe that people would care more and have more compassion for big issues if they weren’t so bombarded with tragedies and depravities every single day. The amount of information on unfortunate events on the internet today is insane. And advertisement campaigns for various social issues are everywhere. How can people truly care about something when there are so many other things to care about? How can people not?

Someone argued that we were less sensitive at a young age, but I find this difficult to believe. Although it may be true that we’re often more offended by horror films more now than as children, I don’t think this means that we’re not being desensitized by information overload. I’m just not sure how to approach it.



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