Curiosity is having a strong desire to study something and find out further information on a certain topic. It is an interesting concept, we are told to explore our world, ask questions and look outside the box for most of our lives, but the second we start asking the wrong questions we are reminded that ‘curiosity killed the cat’ and to mind our business. However, in my experience this advice often back-fires as you are more determined and curious then you were originally, you feel that insatiable hunger for answers.
The most common form of curiosity, in my opinion, for modern viewers is television shows. We watch television shows out of curiosity, I know that of my holidays were spent watching Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away With Murder and The Crown on Netflix because I was curious after I had heard some much about these shows from various people and magazines.
We have all experienced a ‘Wikipedia rabbit hole’ where in the simplest form “Our curiosity has us doing utterly unproductive things like reading news about people we will never meet, learning topics we will never have use for, or exploring places we will never come back to. We just love to know the answers to things, even if there’s no obvious benefit.” (Stafford, 2012). I am guilty of this when it comes to actors if I like them in one show I will see what else they have been in, their age, marital status, heritage—- things I really don’t need to know, but just want to. And that is all curiosity is-the need to know something, however irrelevant it is to your life, like why do I need to know that Charlie Chaplin, Akon, Martin Lawrence and I all share the same birthday (April 16th, just so you know)? I don’t…but I was curious for some unknown reason to see who shared my birthday.
It’s funny that we should discuss curiosity as not even less than two months ago my friend told me that I ask a lot of questions and am one of the most curious people he knows, after spending the night asking him totally random and ridiculous questions about his previous holidays, jobs and family heritage. I didn’t realise that I had asked so many questions but I was curious about what made him, well him, it is so funny to see what people get excited over. After this comment was made, I started ti notice myself asking a lot of questions…people I work with (Admittedly I am new so that’s just normal), my parents and friends whom I’d known nearly my whole life, it was the first time I noticed how curious I was.
It is often said that ‘Curiosity is an important trait of a genius’ and because the mind is like a muscle it becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger. I feel the most important thing noted about curious people is that their life is never boring, it is always so vital to live life to its fullest and curious people often can embrace that, and take on the most amazing views and create so many memories for themselves and others.
The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity.
- Stafford T, Why are we so curious?, BBC, viewed 5th March 2017, http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120618-why-are-we-so-curious