Why do you think some people are attracted to dangerous sports or other dangerous activities? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer

Dangerous sports like skydiving, parachuting, or mountain biking are definitely not for the faint hearted. But they have a few characteristics that make it so appealing to many people. No matter how many precautions there seem to be, extreme sports are, well, extreme. There is zero guarantee that you will not hurt yourself in the process. But these risks seem to be the most attractive part of these sports. The line “Everything that kills me makes me more alive”, from the famous band One Republic, explains this phenomenon perfectly. We tend to rate certain experiences relative to each other, and some experiences we overlooked at first tend to resurface stronger when something else happens. For example, we realize how important our little toe was to walking when we hit it and found ourselves not being able to take a single step without limping. We realize how nice it was to breathe normally when our noses are clogged because of a seasonal flu. We realize how important someone was to us only when they’re gone. Similarly, these people must realize how amazing it is to be alive when they are risking it. Another factor for their attraction might have to do with our physiology. Falling from a high place or biking really fast over a bumpy mountain road can release huge amounts of endorphin, serotonin and other chemicals that make us feel euphoric, and these coupled with the excitement aroused by the risk can easily mae it addictive. Aside from it being an exciting experience, it also requires high levels of proficiency, and demands a lot of effort and time. To skydive, one must first be professionally trained, and have lots of experience. And the execution itself, such as setting up the equipments and arranging flights are not 5 minute jobs. These kinds of demands make the overall experience much more rewarding, adding to extreme sports’ overall attractiveness. Every sport has their own unique aspect that attracts certain people, and extreme sports offer excitement; a thrilling and euphoric experience; and great satisfaction, making it ideal for many people.
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