Since the internet can answer almost any question, have people become more curious?
I know I've become more curious since I've started to write. I love the fact that I can look up any question I may have and it's immediately answered.
Personally I would say no.
Generally people are not more curious about things that are of no interest to them, only about those they are actually interested in. For instance, if religious people were actually more curious they would read other religious doctrines to see if they present sameness or differences to what they believe.
Another: If doctors were actually interested in healing people they would ignore AMA's and FDA's notions to "treat" disorders rather than "heal" them.
There are so anymore examples of what would be if people were more curious, so no, generally there is only a curious interest in what we already believe.
An interesting point in that we are curious about what we believe.
Elijah, the thing with the Internet is that it puts things at the fingertips making it easy to create interest in some things that people might not be normally interested in. I have researched many things that I would not have gone out of my way for.
Tim I grew up with an immense curiosity factor. Others would read novels and I would read encyclopedias of which we had both Funk & Wagnalls and Britanica with updates. I remember waiting for the updates like a present. And when I figured out the library was pretty much easy to use - heaven.
Now I have a son who is 31 and one who is 7. Quite a spread in time. Basically three generations. And both those boys could drive a good man to crazy asking questions. Did you know that my 7 year old holds the record for how many questions one can ask about a butterfly, and he is close on worms.
Now with the internet we may be getting a bit more curious in one way. When we check a fact or theory or whatever we also get info just a little bit parallel and of course we must look at that in order to better understand the info we were originally looking for and it can go on for hours after simply checking to see if "vtamin D" is really a vitamin.
So I think that dovetails in with Elijah. Especially in the schools of Theology and Philosophy but also in many others like biology to investments. We love it right here when folks try to answer a question and you can tell immediately that they googled it and grabbed a line or citation and just cut and pasted the "headline".
But for those who are curious it is so so very cool.
Here is a fun one Tim. After years of being the authority on all things to my 3 elder children they went and got high school and college and the internet. They just assumed on our first drive together with full connectivity that they would find me lying and acting like I knew when I did not.
Now the morons call me to verify what they found online. I am still the master of info disaster.
I don't think it dovetails me, it only magnifies what I SAID. The curious will always be interested in all things, as you and I, but generally people-en-mass will only go to what is relative to the subject of their tunnel vision.
Very valid point Elijah. I kind of get that view about people attending standard church services. They are not going to get it anywhere else.
Yes, I agree, most people attend their church denomination only to reinforce what they believe, not to receive a greater understanding of the scriptures.
I don't think people have necessarily become more curious. But I do think they are quicker to satisfy their curiosity. It's readily available at our fingertips, the answers to most questions. Whereas before it required a trip to the library or more extreme methods of research to satisfy curiosity. So it used to be more easily dismissed instead of answered.
I think people have always been curious. Curiosity is part about being human. It led us from living in caves to where we are today.
The internet is definitely a much easier tool for us to search for answers vs old stool ways, such a library's etc..
By the time we're old enough to search what we're curious about we are usually conditioned not to be, only a few retains their childlike curiosity so libraries are often ignored.
Not true. I am 70 years old and I still have a very strong curiosity about many things. The Internet just makes it easier to satisfy.
It doesn't make that "not true" it just makes you one like me, at 72, who never lost your childlike curiosity. My curiosity is why I took John 3:8's "born again" wanderer's life requirement, I wanted to know if it is true and found that it is.
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