A barbie doll heading on a car antenna, a grass field covered with plastic forks, and a guy setting his hair on fire. There’s nothing more captivating than to see an image on the internet that leaves us speechless. Even though we don’t have any idea where these images came from, they all have one thing in common. They make us feel seriously uneasy.
If you wanna see more photos like this, just have a look at the Cursed Image Dealer Instagram account. It already has more than 194k followers and it’s full of bizarre photos to get your attention. It’s true that we can’t help but wonder, why on earth these cursed images exist in the first place.
We at Anomalous have collected some of the most intriguing posts of the Cursed Image Dealer. So keep scrolling and let us know your thoughts about these photos in the comments down below.
“The cursed image is an internet phenomenon,” says Frank T. McAndrew, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Knox College. “It is an image that is unsettling because there is something not quite right about it, but we often cannot pinpoint exactly why it is so disturbing.”
“It may combine things that should not go together (a cherry pie with a bleeding human face baked into it?) or it presents an object in a context where it does not belong,” the professor continued. As for why they make us feel uncomfortable, he explained that we do not like uncertainty. “We like to make sense of the world around us, and things that defy our expectations or things that are difficult to categorize throw us off our game.”
However, a lot of people enjoy watching this kind of creepy scenario mindlessly. “People who are tolerant of ambiguity or open to new experiences may be drawn to them because they offer a pleasant diversion from normality and present us with a cognitive puzzle to solve,” he added, saying that others simply find them unpleasant.
“We are programmed by evolution to intently focus on unexpected or unusual things in our environment. It is essential to determine if such things pose some sort of threat to us or not,
and cursed images hijack the part of our brain that is responsible for protecting us,” McAndrew noted.
The owner of the Cursed Image Dealer project told that they initially started the account as a meme account at the end of high school. “I thought cursed images were cool and a not very well saturated area of the ‘market’ so it was a perfect theme, told the owner.
While they don’t remember the real reason they started this page, they told that they “wanted clout” and a meme account “is pretty easy to run as opposed to me becoming a traditional influencer.”
“I had a feeling it would become popular and, for some reason, I have a strong memory of telling a girl in my class who I wanted to be friends with that I started one and she seemed extremely uninterested,” the creator added, wondering if she would care now when the account has amassed so many followers.
“I think people like seeing cursed images because there is a sort of shock factor to the good ones,” they told us.
“The classic images are confusing and a little unsettling because you can’t really tell what is going on in them, and people’s minds try and fill in the blanks,” they explained. “I think they scare some people in the same ambiguous way people have a fear of the dark; they don’t understand what is being hidden from them.”
The owner mentioned that they don’t really like traditional gory shock videos but enjoy the kind of images they post. “I feel like there is an almost intellectual quality to them” since people online could try to analyze the “aura” behind them. “In a way, they almost seem to be an extension of the Creepypasta trend in the early 2010s.”
Speaking about the followers the owner told that the activity of their followers changes from time to time. “I’ve noticed a trend I find to be very unusual,” they said. “When I first started, my account grew slowly [and] pretty steady until I started getting close to 100K.”
“You’d think a large account like this one should be able to consistently gain followers”, but that’s not the case. Still, they wanted to make it clear that they were not at all complaining. They even asked their followers about this and many replied that they still enjoy their content, which every creator is truly happy to hear.
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