People find things that are traumatic, dangerous and potentially dangerous…interesting. Videos of a car crashes, police chases, someone having a stroke become viral very quickly. This article mentions a study done between adults & kids and what their capacity for empathy is.
Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan. (2011, March 04). Is the Internet killing empathy? Retrieved April 01, 2017, from http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/is-the-internet-killing-empathy-193294