is the world actually getting more and more horrible as time goes on or am i just noticing more of the bad as i get older
It just seems that way, it actually stays about the same, or it gets better. The thing is, there are more and more people, population is growing. That means there are more ‘results’ or stuff that is happening out of those lives. And, as with any nice graph with an average, some stuff lands exactly on the average, but 95% lands within 5% to any side of that average. The rest gets out of that. That means that as you get more and more results, there will still be 95% within the 5% of the average, but in pure numbers, more and more is getting further away from that average. What that boils down to is that more extreme results are happening, but to both sides. Why we mostly see the bad stuff is because of media coverage. Think about it, if you don’t count Tumblr, how many sources of good news do you have?
TLDR: It’s just that people are getting more extreme, but on the good sides too. That we usually only see the bad stuff is because of media coverage.