A new study from California State University, Northridge, US, demonstrates that killing things (e.g. ladybirds) by remote control is less unpopular than killing them locally.
“Technology now enables killing from remote locations. Killing remotely might be psychologically easier than killing face to face, which could promote more killing behavior and incur less severe emotional consequences. The current study manipulated the medium via which participants completed an ostensible ladybug-killing task. Participants who were in the same room as the insects killed fewer of them than participants who killed remotely via videoconference.”
“The current study constitutes the first experimental evidence that remoteness can increase killing behavior. It powerfully demonstrates the impact of psychological distance, going beyond its well-documented effects on cognition and judgment to influence a behavior of fundamental human importance.“
See: Technologically facilitated remoteness increases killing behavior (Journal of Experimental Social Psychology Volume 73, November 2017, Pages 147-150)
Also see: Dr. Martens’ Extermination Machine
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