Why do adults have more negatively visceral reactions to carnival rides and roller coasters?


As a kid, I loved carnival rides that flung me around. Now I can’t handle them. What happens to cause such a change? I imagine it’s got something to do with the inner ear and equilibrium?

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I am not sure 100% but I want to say it has to do with our understanding of consequence and mortality.

This ride is fun but WHAT IF a bolt came undone and my 30+ years of life comes to an end on a silly carnival ride run by these “professionals”.

I’ve heard that as you get older, the fluid in your inner ear decreases and messes with equilibrium/balance, so when you get shaken around you dont recover as quickly as you do as a young person.

I lovd roller coasters growing up–did the Harry Potter ride at universal studios in my late 20s and I felt absolutely horrible. It messed me up that day, and I notice that I can only do so many rides in a give time before I get sick.

I must disagree with your first premise. I am 64 and love the front seat of coasters, looping upside down and twisting in spirals. I especially love the first drop, I love the feelings it evokes in my body, and I know LOTS of people my age who feel the same. So it might be more accurately asked, “why do most people” or “some people” but there is no objective principle at work here, just the individual’s experiences and associations. That’s why you have senior citizen skydivers, etc.