This claim, I know, invites skepticism, incredulity, and sometimes anger. We tend to estimate the probability of an event from the ease with which we can recall examples, and scenes of carnage are more likely to be beamed into our homes and burned into our memories than footage of people dying of old age. There will always be enough violent deaths to fill the evening news, so people’s impressions of violence will be disconnected from its actual likelihood.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people declare that they, “…just don’t know what the world is coming to,” or that we are, “…headed to hell in a hand basket.”
Calling it a pet peeve might actually be a bit of an understatement- I generally get really angry at these comments. Which is why I was so happy to find this article with data that supports the exact opposite point of view.
It’s a bit long but worth a read.