Why Do People Believe Conspiracy Theories So Easily?
Conspiracy theories seem to have become pretty popular recently. Just look at the President of the United States. He constantly cries 'fake news' while continuing to lie and mislead his followers. But according to them, he can be trusted. I know, it doesn't make any sense.
But why do people so easily fall for conspiracy theories and bulls***? Well, it has to do with how the human brain WANTS to understand what is going on. If a major event happens, we need to be able to tell ourselves WHY it happened.
That's where the conspiracy theories come in. They fill those voids. And social media only makes it worse because you're able to connect with like-minded people. If you've already fallen down the rabbit hole, you're likely to keep going.
More importantly, psychologists have studied this extensively and it really comes down to something called 'pattern detection'.