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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.

E.g.:

Watching:

  • 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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