The World Is Better Than Ever And Continues To Improve. Why Do People Consistently Believe Otherwise? | Science 2.0
"Worldwide poverty has dropped dramatically, we are in the Long Peace when it comes to war, the old cycles of famine boom and bust have leveled off, science has made it possible for everyone to live better for longer and spend less on basic necessities.
The world continues to improve.
Why, then, do polls consistently show that people believe otherwise?
The answer may lie in a phenomenon called "prevalence induced concept change."
That means that each generation feels the need to 'live in important times.'
If things are good, then a poorly written article can be spread Twitter as a reason only corporations should be in science media.
As the prevalence of a problem is reduced, humans redefine the problem itself.
As the problem becomes smaller, people's conceptualizations of that problem become larger, which can lead them to miss the fact that they've solved it..."