Beyond Entertainment Exploring the Intricacies of True Crime Fascination

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This paper explores the existing literature onto the intricate motivations behind the widespread fascination with true crime, unraveling both unconscious and personal drivers. From the evolutionary roots of the negativity bias and morbid curiosity, the study explores the psychological underpinnings that attract individuals. Gender differences in true crime consumption, particularly the significant female audience, are examined, shedding light on the complex interplay of sexual victimization, educational component, and protective vigilance. The impact of the true crime community, both empowering and challenging, is explored, emphasizing its role in supporting marginalized voices. The paper concludes by highlighting the understudied nature of the topic, calling for further research into the psychological perspectives that drive our collective obsession with the gruesome entertainment.

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