True Crime podcasts are possibly the most popular genre out there. People are fascinated by these cases so much so that they become detectives themselves.
The most recent case being the disappearance and murder case of Gabby Petito. Gabby was on a vacation with her boyfriend when she went missing. He travelled back to his parents' home without her and has since gone missing himself. Her body was found in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.
The obsession with this case brings a lot of people to wonder why it is that we get so infatuated with crime like this.
Dr. Pamela Rutledge, a psychologist who studies human behavior, spoke with "Insider" about the reason and it makes total sense. Essentially we are "hardwired" to focus on things that could possibly harm us, even if it isn't directed toward us. Things like this can even induce our Fight or Flight senses.
"Our brains weren't designed for a mediated world, so we have an innate tendency to respond to media reports as if they could actually affect us," she said.
We basically want to avoid any situation that could harm us so we focus on every single detail of these cases to take note of what not to do.