Did You Know? Curiosity Makes You Do Stupid Things

2 min readNov 7, 2020
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I laugh in the face of danger. HA-HA-HA.🦁

Remember those summer days we’d always yell in front of the fan and try to sound like a robot? We’ve all done it. Your next thought was sticking your finger in there too. Just for fun. Because if you got some balls, you’d go for it and try both at the same time, right?

Curiosity is one of the greatest forces that drive us forward. We just can’t deny it even if the scenario could be dangerous. Sometimes we’re willing to risk and see what’s going to happen.

We’re not just bulls**tting. One notorious shock pen experiment called two test groups. 🖋️⚡ Group A knew exactly which pens are a prank. Group B, on the other hand, was only told that some of the pens are different. Each group was left with the pens in a room.

The results showed that the group with incomplete information was curious enough to try each pen and find out gimmicks. As if they wanted to be pulled on a prank voluntarily.

Scientists concluded that curiosity could drive people to do silly things. Even if we already knew that the outcomes might cause us pain and regret, we would want to find out the answers.

We always ask — “What if?” What if I put a stick in those running bike wheels? What if the girl you like is just pretending she’s busy but ghosting out? What if your ex has a new partner now? We go through heartbreaks and pain because of our curious minds. All the hardships we’ve been through stand for the best proof.

But once again, getting your daily dose from us has no consequences. We promise. No side-effects, no gimmicks. Just a friendly reminder that your curiosity can drive you to find out answers.

The Pandora Effect. Credit: APS

The experiment mentioned above — The Pandora Effect: The Power and Peril of Curiosity — was done in 2015. You deserve a few more details.

First of all, participants were brought into a room. Researchers would let them see labeled pens placed on a table. Group A would know exactly which pens were electric and which weren’t, with five pens labeled red and the other five green. The red pens were electric. On the other hand, group B would also have ten pens in sight but not knowing which were safe to touch.

Results showed that participants in group B would press an average of 5 pens, clearly driven by curiosity. Participants in group A would only touch one pen in either color just to make sure the test was legit.

I mean, to this point, we should just say we really don’t give a f*ck about dangerous things like an electric shock pen. And the answer is worth a shock.




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