Why do we keep on asking questions to which we already know the answer?
Just an effect of noticing around.
We usually to verify we are right because someone else keeps telling us we are wrong. Or perhaps others think you're crazy, so to keep your sanity you keep going over the same information to keep your self sane.
LOL How right you are! I have a friend who SWEARS that most people don't shop with a grocery list and still won't believe otherwise though everyone here generally does, when asked.
Validation, I think. Or as said, "to keep your self sane." :-)
Often I think it's to get intelligent discussion going and to hear other viewpoints and maybe learn from them, too. :-) I know that's why I ask certain sweeping questions--to get discussion started, bring different viewpoints to the table.
Agreed..... There should be a better method of keeping up with reoccurring questions. It truly gets monotonous.
When composing a question here on HP, there are usually three examples given to see if the question had already been asked. Usually, none of them apply to the question I'm asking. So, there is a check box that allows the asker to confirm if the question has been asked or not.
I am under the impression not everyone looks before they ask so a lot of question seem duplicative.
But when I ask a question that I'm pretty sure hasn't already been asked, I do so to get other opinions because I'm genuinely interested in ideas!
Most humans are attention seeking, and so they seek attention, here, there, and everywhere.
Its to reaffirm, to re-verify & be sure, if you're positively inclined, how good 'it' would mean, or if you're negatively deprived then how bad it could be...thus re-thinking, & reassessing is the underlying basis for that repeated questions to answers we already know...I go through this a lot myself & have tried to analyze it deeply, but this is the only sane explanation I can come up with...the best way to deal is let the mind know or the heart question & remain calm & try to find a "happy place" to feel better & accept & acknowledge the answers we fear or yearn...then it'll be all the same...
I guess for the same reason you asked this question - to gain insight into the thoughts of others concerning the topic being asked.
I believe it's more likely that it's "...to which we SHOULD already know the answer..." ...but were not paying attention.
I see this constantly on assorted news interviews, in which the reporter asks some question that was already answered...had s/he been paying attention, instead of only thinking of what they wanted to ask next.
And, I see it in other ways--trying to GET an answer where the topic was avoided, and the answer to something NOT asked was given instead. You see this maneuver all the time in political meetings all the way from the White House press briefings to local town hall meetings.
I have a saying, "The only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask, or the ones to which you already know (or reasonably should know) the answer." The general type of question in this category that REALLY CHAPS MY HIDE, is when you see news coverage of some disaster, and the reporter is asking someone standing in front of the ruins of thier home, "Tell us how you feel." Well, HOW THE H-E-DOUBLE-TOOTHPICKS do you THINK they feel, moron?
This includes non-verbal "questions," such as the human propensity to "test" things, such as signs proclaiming "wet paint." Not many will resist the temptation to reach out and touch to find out if it REALLY IS still wet!
by DougBerry 4 years ago
So, are you just answering/asking questions to get an accolade? I am.
by Lancelot Nelson 22 months ago
Why do people keep asking questions they already know the answers to?show of intelligence? or Familiarity?
by Kristy Callan 3 years ago
When I look at the questions section of hubpages I see pages and pages of silly questions. A lot of the time, when I click on "unanswered" or "latest" I see that the same person has asked ten or so questions in a row. I suspect that in most cases this is because of the fact that...
by Mr.NGR 4 years ago
Why do prefer answering questions to asking questions?If the other way around then why do prefer that?
by mr-veg 5 years ago
Do some people ask questions on HP just for the sake of asking questions ?I always wondered after reading through few of the questions asked that do the hubbies just post a question for the sake of posting one ? Or they really need a useful answer to it ? What do you think ?
by Nicola Thompson 5 years ago
Do you come up with a question a day?
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