Did you ever realize how we’d much rather watch a reality television show about a downward spiraling crack head than one about his time in rehab? What about the fact that we’d rather watch a YouTube video of a natural disaster destroy a city instead of one about the city’s rebuilding?

Bill Clegg raises this point in a recent op-ed piece. We as humans gravitate so much more to struggle than we do to recovery. We salivate over disaster like girls salivate over Ryan Gosling and guys do over Megan Fox. It’s like pornography: We know it’s probably not right to watch, but we’re still so drawn to it.

Why are we so entertained by catastrophe? Is it innate or has it been a product of the society we live in?