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Importance of general knowledge: Benefits of being knowledgeable in various subjects and domains

Updated on November 19, 2012
The importance of general knowledge reaches out to far beyond books and exams. Whether it is the classroom, workplace or a simple conversation between friends, good general knowledge can help you in all walks of life.
The importance of general knowledge reaches out to far beyond books and exams. Whether it is the classroom, workplace or a simple conversation between friends, good general knowledge can help you in all walks of life. | Source

What is the importance of general knowledge? It spans way beyond knowing the answers to trivia and quizzes. Being up-to-date on general knowledge in various subjects and current affairs in different domains makes you a better person. From students to professionals to business owners to homemakers to retirees, this applies to virtually everyone in all walks of life. Here's why having good general knowledge is an important facet of your personality and helps you win at almost everything in everyday life.

1) General knowledge makes starting conversations easy

Holding a conversation with a friend, colleague, acquaintance or even a stranger may be difficult if you don't share common interests. General knowledge and current affairs are instant conversation starters and can help you in those typical awkward moments of silence whether during an important professional meeting or mushy first date talk.

Being up-to-date on general knowledge will save you from weird situations when neither you nor someone else have anything to say. Your boundaries of conversation will extend much beyond your core areas on interests. This will allow you start conversations with virtually anyone and everyone.

2) Get better grades in school, college and competitive exams

Whether it is a long and dull school essay or your prep for an upcoming debate, general knowledge can help you enhance academic knowledge. You may be able to stand out from the crowd if your knowledge on just about everything within and beyond your course work is tip top.

It is common sense to have a good grip over general knowledge and current affairs. Students in school and college are in many ways, expected to know what is making the world go around. A high level of general knowledge will passively yet directly affect your grades in school, college and even competitive exams.

3) General knowledge helps you take better decisions in life

The importance of general knowledge and current affair spans beyond being able to shoot off answers or start conversations. General knowledge makes you street smart and helps you take well informed decisions.

For example, being up-to-date on fiscal policies can help you make a profitable investment or knowing all about consumer rights can help you demand better service from a company.

4) Impressing someone with general knowledge is a given

Did you think that your buff body is all it takes to impress girls on the beach? Do you believe that a curvy figure is all it takes to start, build and sustain a bond with a guy? A smart personality and good body language are definitely some of the core elements required to impress anyone. But good physical characteristics may be useless if you don't know what to talk about or how to sustain long chit chats.

If you want to impress a girl who is a movie buff, you may be better off with good general knowledge about films that are cult classics. If you want to impress your interviewer while seeking a job, you may need to be armed with general knowledge about the industry, economy and more.

5) Importance of general knowledge for parents: Helping your kids fare better in school

What example will you set if your child comes to you with a simple question on science and you are left clueless? As a parent it is important for you to display good general knowledge and impart the same in your kids.

Besides being able to help your kids with projects and homework, you will also be able to keep up with their state of mind if you are updated with the latest trends.

6) Interact effectively with people from different cultures

There is a reason why things like knowing capitals cities of various countries, being able to identify their positions on the world map and knowing about their cultures are given importance in schools. Having general knowledge about different countries and geographies is known to help kids to form a perspective about the world and a culture that is different from their own.

For example, a college student who reads National Geographic magazine regularly may passively be more effective at dealing with a multicultural workforce in the future.

General knowledge plays a pivotal role in a day and age where cities are thriving multicultural hubs. Adults too, may be able to better interact with people from different cultures and save themselves from embarrassment by having common knowledge about various cultural etiquette.

7) General knowledge helps you keep up with the latest trends

Apart from the fact that general knowledge has multiple practical uses it can also make you trendier. Current affairs is an integral part of the general knowledge domain and skimming through magazines, newsletters and websites can keep you updated on the latest trends.

Being trendier encompasses everything associated with being up-to-date with the latest in fashion, media, buzzing products, teen trends and all the other things that keep you bubbly and youthful. For example, you would possibly be an outcast if you didn't know the steps to PSY's Gangnam Style, whiskey stones that keep your drink cold and don't melt or you didn't know how to perch like an owl for the internet meme Owling.

8) Refine your sense of humor with general knowledge

Having a good sense of humor is possible if you have good observation skills and if you know lots of trivia. You will be able to crack a joke or play a pun on a word easily if you can weave in a fact or two and use it in satire of a situation you are in.

For example if you want to joke about the bad weather of a place, you need to know about it first.

9) General knowledge will help you have an opinion

Opining is not always about telling someone what you think or whether you like or dislike something. It involves subtleties of making an informed choice, taking a side, manipulating and maybe even cajoling someone to do something.

Even the art of avoiding giving an opinion and beating around the bush is made easier with good general knowledge because you have to know what you are being asked, what you are going to say and what else can you add to avoid doing something that you don't want to do.

10) Enhance your public speaking skill with general knowledge

The importance of general knowledge percolates deeper than just being able to be a good conversationalist. Strong command over general knowledge and current affairs will help you get rid of the fear of public speaking as you will no longer be worried about filling the long pauses and gaps.

From being able to speak about interesting facts about a subject to holding a discussion with the audience, general knowledge is a speaker's friend. There mere fact of being armed with well rounded knowledge can give a speaker's confidence a solid boost before and during a public speech.

11) General knowledge increase creativity and innovation

Academic curriculum may not be enough to increasing creativity and innovation in children and adults alike. Everyone learns the same things in school and college. What makes people different from each other is the extra knowledge they have.

For example, a student who is a science buff could very well come up with the next big innovative IT solution which was the result of years of flipping through science and tech journals.

12) Quest for general knowledge: Makes for an excellent hobby

What will you possibly do if you are feeling bored and you don't have a laptop or a smartphone in sight? Getting even more bored, is possibly one of the top answers. Your quest for general knowledge will make you look forward to just picking up a newspaper, book or a magazine and spending hour after hour reading.

Reading, what once seemed like a boring thing to do will turn into someone that is enjoyable and helps you pass time. The habit of soaking in general knowledge will keep you busy going through news websites, newspapers, magazines or just about anything in sight that is food for your brain. There are few things in life that can be habit forming, harmless, fun and useful at the same time.


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    • saraz profile image


      9 months ago from Islamabad

      Yeah absolutely true. I love reading and writing. Be an avid reader and quest for hidden truths of nature.

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      13 months ago

      I think it's also important to look at the most basic of general knowledge - such as ethics and knowledge on currency and infrastructure. Without such knowledge we wouldn't be able to live another day, and society would pretty much be an anarchy

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      John Smith 

      17 months ago from New York

      Great view, thanks for the list!

    • DON BALDERAS profile image


      7 years ago

      This shows one's interest in anything. We live with it, and everyday, we encounter a doze of information keeping it full of simple and complex realities. Life is great we can welcome information for practicality and productivity.


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