In Hong Kong, armed robbers got away with 600 toilet rolls.
In Australia, a woman mistakenly ordered 2,300 toilet rolls.
Also in Australia, two women fought in a supermarket over toilet rolls. They were both issued with summons to attend court in April on charges of affray.
Decline in Chinese factory activity has been so pronounced recently, it’s actually visible from space.
People fear toilet paper production will decline too, resulting in scarcity of this basic, essential household product, hence the rush to stock up.
Misappraisal or exaggeration of an anticipated threat is made worse when we see others engaged in panic buying. Panic is linked to the emotion of fear and the drive to fight or flee (self-protection). Our breathing becomes erratic, we suffer heart palpitation, we sweat and our mind races. We panic more.
From a neuroscience perspective, when we face a threat – and COVID-19 is a threat – the amygdala, the part of our brain that processes fear and emotions, is over activated. This heightened activation temporarily shuts off rational thinking.
Because we can no longer reason rationally, we are more easily affected by groupthink (the desire to conform to group norms) and mob psychology or heard mentality and our behavior becomes even more irrational. The perception of uncertainty enhances the need for control. We think doing something we can still do gives us a modicum of control in times of confusion, so we do what we can do, which is to rush to supermarkets to buy up all the toilet rolls we are able to and beat the living daylights out of other retards who got there before us.
It’s not rocket science.
Once you understand it, you’ll stop shitting bricks.