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It's quite observable that humans tend to enjoy watching* things that they don't possess or haven't experienced, but wish to. They tend to derive pleasure and enjoyment by watching and talking about it.



  • the luxurious lifestyle of celebrities and their bling bling (Cribs)
  • people having coitus
  • action movies
  • guns, cars, tanks etc
  • Sci-fi movies (Superman, Batman, Spiderman etc)
  • attractive individuals from the opposite gender
  • etc

Why do humans (most people) enjoy watching such thing?

Large profitable industries based on these proves the point that the mass are attracted towards it.

*reading and viewing

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I guess watching a movie affects same brain processes than a real experience, to some extend. So reward center fires. –  danijar Dec 30 '13 at 0:17

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I think you have this question the wrong way up. They 'pine to have them' because they enjoy watching them and talking about them. In some cases there may be additional benefits to actually having the thing (such as, as you so delicately put it 'coitus'). Often, however, the attraction is predominantly aesthetic (for example pretty jewelry) or predominantly conceptual (people like the concept of tanks and guns but they hopefully don't want to actually kill anyone).

We like to look and talk, and some times that make us want to have.

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