Why do we keep on asking questions to which we already know the answer?

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  1. cianeko profile image87
    cianekoposted 5 years ago

    Why do we keep on asking questions to which we already know the answer?

    Just an effect of noticing around.

  2. HattieMattieMae profile image61
    HattieMattieMaeposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image90
      Laura Schneiderposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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." :-)

  3. Laura Schneider profile image90
    Laura Schneiderposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image90
      Laura Schneiderposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      P.S. I also ask questions I have no idea of the answer to, either. Then, I just want to learn from the community something that I couldn't just Google and get an answer to.

  4. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Agreed..... There should be a better method of keeping up with reoccurring questions. It truly gets monotonous.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree! I can't tell you how many times someone has asked: "What is love?" or "How do you know when someone loves you?" These and other questions like them have been asked several times!

  5. CraftytotheCore profile image79
    CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years ago

    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!

  6. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image97
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years ago

    Most humans are attention seeking, and so they seek attention, here, there, and everywhere.

  7. arijitm2000 profile image81
    arijitm2000posted 5 years ago

    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...

  8. taburkett profile image58
    taburkettposted 5 years ago

    I guess for the same reason you asked this question - to gain insight into the thoughts of others concerning the topic being asked.

  9. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years ago

    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!


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