r/TooAfraidToAsk May 06 '22

Why are so many questions posted in this sub things that you could just google? Meta

like seriously why don't people just take 2 seconds to google it and find out if they're so curious?

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u/timawesomeness May 06 '22

People want it explained to them in the format that this sub offers. Google results can be very impersonal and don't offer the opportunity to, for example, ask further questions about a provided answer.

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u/spudz76 May 06 '22

Also Google results will flood all sides of an answer with no way to tell which ones are clickbait lies and which ones are real opinions.

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u/Atlantic0ne May 06 '22

Interaction is fun too. We’re all here for it. Sometimes I prefer asking here versus google.

Off topic, I’m tired of saying Google. They’ve gone downhill. I wish we had a new better search engine.

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u/H_Mc May 06 '22

I was just about to say something similar. There was a time when the algorithm would favor the most accurate answers, so you could just look at the first few results. Now, unless you’re googling an address or what time a store closes, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a real answer.

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u/Atlantic0ne May 06 '22

Not to mention them filtering a lot of results based on what some employees think is right, and all their data collection.

I was excited about Duck Duck Go for a while, until they announced they were filtering Russia stuff. As in… yes obviously Russia is putting fake information out there, we know that, but I still don’t want some employees at DDG or Google to be the arbiters of truth.

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u/H_Mc May 07 '22

I used duck duck go in the past, but the problem then was that I was only doing it on principle and google worked objectively better. I might try them again now that google’s results aren’t great. Unless someone has a better option.

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u/Atlantic0ne May 07 '22

I agree. They lost their upper hand when they publicly supported the idea of altering results based on what they believe to be good and bad. Whether their current opinions are right or wrong, it’s just a bad precedent.

People don’t want that. They want privacy and unbiased results.

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u/Alexaisrich May 06 '22

same i like the interaction aspect of asking question vs googling them

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u/BubblySiren May 06 '22

Maybe people want to start a conversation

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u/WartimeHotTot May 06 '22

Exactly. Google sucks for many things and it's nice to hear from actual people.

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u/PureLawfulness6404 May 06 '22

Sometimes google gives an unclear or conflicting answer. I would come here to clear the fog

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u/PublicFurryAccount May 06 '22

Or a page of grifters.

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u/Reb_1_2_3 May 06 '22

Especially after the last 2 years

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u/Own_Patient_7721 May 06 '22

I can’t lie I did this like 2 or three times because I was bored

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u/Outcasted_introvert May 06 '22 Helpful

And there's nothing wrong with that. Talking g to people is fine, even if the chat is considered mundane or unoriginal by some others.

Ignore the gatekeepers, let's keep chatting.

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u/Tzuyu4Eva May 06 '22

I’d also add that a lot of people want to start an argument

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u/Don-Blaubart May 06 '22

Words that can cause an argument - "hey, wanna start an argument?"

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

No they can’t that’s so stupid

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u/Don-Blaubart May 06 '22

And yet here we are in the comments section :D

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

R/wooooosh

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u/JlTlS May 06 '22

Maybe a conversation, not an argument. Disagreement doesn't have to resolve, but it may enlighten.

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u/zapburd May 06 '22

Exactly, like how are you going to complain about free content. A lot of questions that get posted here i wouldn’t know the answers to if not for this sub

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u/Dotura May 06 '22

The irony is that you made a question that has been asked many many times before in this sub and could have been found by, you guessed it, googling.

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u/htcram May 06 '22

Why do I have the feeling I know what today's r/LPT is going to be. 🙃

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u/BurningOrangeHeaven May 06 '22

They are just karma farming. Happens in all the other subs too.

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

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u/Incorect_Speling May 06 '22

Tomorrow on r/LPT : using google to search "topic reddit" is more effective than using reddit search.

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u/henry_schilling May 06 '22

But did you Google it?

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u/gyman122 May 06 '22

Fucking lmao the irony

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u/PM__tits_and_dicks May 06 '22

I'm sure if you googled it you could find a link

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u/bunny_in_the_moon May 06 '22

Google doesn't have karma

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u/PyroCatt May 06 '22

Wtf do I do with Karma

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Flex

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u/YearningConnection May 06 '22

The appropriate response. Here's your upvote!

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u/ameri9595 May 06 '22

Can I sell my flex to some dweeb?

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u/Jhilixie May 06 '22

Yeah. Internet points. I have over 60k. How is my life? Still the same.

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u/chuckit22 May 06 '22

Keep grinding. Once you hit 100k of karma, you unlock a new tier of life.

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u/LolaBijou May 06 '22

You get added to a ridiculous sub for people over 100k karma. My life is complete now.

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u/AimForYaBoat May 06 '22

And I thought I was balling with my 1.8k

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u/LolaBijou May 06 '22

No autographs, please.

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u/De_Wouter May 06 '22

When you Google, you most likely get an highly SEO optimized article written by 1 person and only showing 1 perspective on the subject and the information might also be outdated.

Posting a question might give you answers from many different perspectives being "peer reviewed" by other Redditors with up/down votes and comments.

Also many questions aren't actually questions but spreading a message framed and packaged as a question. Like your post here.

But yes, many questions could just be Googled and have direct answers.

Unless you live a country where Google is blocked.

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u/koka4life May 06 '22

I would assume it's to get actual feed back from humans.

Unless it's a fact Google will give you opinions, here's the catch Google will give you opinions based on your own opnioms (history, interests etc)

We could Google is the earth flat, for me it'll say no but for a flat earther it will try to get articles that say yes the earth is flat. (Its not usually this drastic/obvious buy it happens.) Too afraid to ask is a way to get uncensored opinions.

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u/xxjamescharlesxx May 06 '22

I always Google reddit opinions after I've looked at articles. Reddit commenters don't give a shit about anything but what they care about, and sometimes that's good. Reddit commenters aren't censored by trying to be marketable or whatever also.

I'd always rather hear a peers opinion than a random Internet articles top 5 suggestions... I think that's how it's supposed to be...

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u/Vivladi May 06 '22

Reddit commenters are also just as liable to talk confidently about things they know nothing about. Read a highly upvoted comment in a big subreddit about something you’re an expert in and you’ll be way more wary of what people here say.

Specialty subs are good but holy shit the amount in incorrect speculation and nonsense on the big subs is exhausting

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u/FiveNations54 May 06 '22

You're talking about algorithms designed to operate that way. Google doesn't exclusively work that way, but it can be influenced to work that way.

People lie here, and say stupid shit all the time, and you think they're somehow more authentic than Google? Where the fuck do you think they get most of the answers?

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u/koka4life May 06 '22

Again, when researching fact. Google is better. When looking for opinions reddit is better. I apologize if that wasn't clear enough.

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u/Lu1435_Jade May 06 '22

Some questions can be explained differently by humans interacting with you (for example, simplifying something). It also allows the poster to answer to the comments they receive, which can be useful if they don't understand/want to ask something else related. Some questions also have keywords that will lead to another thing on Google, whereas a human will understand what you mean with some explication

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u/Felicia_Svilling May 06 '22

Not everyone is good at googling.

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u/marsumane May 06 '22

Human interaction

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u/noypi14 May 06 '22

Sometimes, some questions need follow up questions or interactions.

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u/BrowserBowser52 May 06 '22

I imagine they like the social interaction of posting rather than googling. Nothing wrong with that imho.

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u/Outcasted_introvert May 06 '22

Did you Google this question before posting?

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u/Xenomorph_kills May 06 '22

We have the right answers

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u/theloniousmick May 06 '22

Because Google results always take you to a Reddit post of someone asking the same question with replies saying "just Google it" and having no answers.

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u/4AcidRayne May 06 '22

I think part of it, outside the "getting to interact with humans" aspect is that google gives mostly links to articles created to generate views, not to inform. Recently I've been googling a lot for DIY and 99% of the stuff that's in the top five pages of search results is complete crap that would often make the problems worse, not better.

Meanwhile, a site like reddit, it's people who aren't (to my knowledge) getting paid to write here. Yeah, maybe a bot or two, but nobody's writing stuff just to fill a page and make bank. So you're actually getting real intel from real people who have actual knowledge about the question. Not somebody who's typing articles in broken English from their Philippine apartment for 2 cents per article, making it up as they go along.

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u/Eloisem333 May 06 '22

Some people enjoy the social aspect of social media I guess.

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u/Joseph_Furguson May 06 '22

To certain young people, "Google it" is an insult.

It is also against the rules of the subreddit. You can get 24 hours worth of suspension if you say it.

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u/Knuckles316 May 06 '22

People want to have a conversation.

The better question is why does someone feel the need to ask this question once a week?

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u/PerfectIsBetter May 06 '22

For that sense of companionship and camaraderie you get from shouting into a void and having it yell nonsense and insult you back ofc

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u/edsterman May 06 '22

Too afraid to Google … ?

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u/Zhwele May 06 '22

Google doesn't give you the viewpoints of others who may see things differently than you.

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u/coswoofster May 06 '22

People crave connection.

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u/twenty24four7 May 06 '22

Most of the stuff on Reddit can be Googled. The idea is to stumble upon various topics while scrolling, getting to know something new, and engaging in the conversation or others perspectives. Something that I won't get on Google.

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u/ryeshoes May 06 '22

serious answers:

  • mods allow it
  • people like to upvote reposts so now there's an incentive to repost instead of creating OC
  • people want to talk to people about the question
  • google doesn't answer precisely the question they want (and they are not capable of phrasing it differently to indicate this)

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u/Select-Radish9245 May 06 '22

Human interaction is always nice even if it's online

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u/D0ugF0rcett May 06 '22

I usually add :reddit to the end of my Google searches. Google algorithm sucks fat donkey balls now.

I've even started using BING instead on occasion when reddit can't give me what I need!

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u/ComplexAd7272 May 06 '22

Karma farming is a big reason, but I've learned sometimes people just want to engage in conversation.

My best friend is notorious for this in real life....asking basic questions like what that actor's name was in that movie, what time a place closed, where the nearest store was....it took me a while to realize he wasn't Google-challenged, he was engaging me like a human being.

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u/mauro_oruam May 06 '22

what do you think shows up when they google their question? our answers!

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Why are there so many questions that people shouldn't be afraid to ask?

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u/xigloox May 06 '22

When you Google, no one upvotes you

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u/gyman122 May 06 '22

Because people want to start a dialogue or they’re not sure how to phrase something to get the answer they’re looking for

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u/FinnbarMcBride May 06 '22

Google gives pages of ads before you can find anything useful

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u/KinkyKitty24 May 06 '22

I think part of it has to do with poor reading comprehension, and/or received conflicting answers based on the sites, and the desire to get input from actual people.

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u/jazzzmin2912 May 06 '22

Some things are for some reasom hard to find on google, like specifix stuff, and asking on reddit where mostly real people answer and talk abt ir from own experience or own knowledge is like more "calming" for some people

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u/AndrewDavidOlsen May 06 '22

Because people are lonely.

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u/ArcherNecessary5622 May 06 '22

Because google is terrifying. Haven't you read the sub name?

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u/TheTurtleCub May 06 '22

Here you get more varied replies. For example, I just saw a great list of ideas to insert up your butt before a colonoscopy to surprise your doctor.

If you google what to put up your butt before the procedure, the consensus seems to be NOTHING

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u/Starkiller27x May 06 '22

Why are you so angry?

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u/Thymepasseson May 06 '22

I just googled your question, but google pointed me back here. Does this happen to anyone else?

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u/smolanonymousecat May 07 '22

Umm because we’re all lonely af and have been googling shit alone in our rooms for years now…we just want to connect with other people

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u/Uncle_Guido1066 May 07 '22

Google's not very funny

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u/[deleted] May 07 '22

People want upvotes or are trying to ask loaded questions to elicit a response they can argue with.

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u/Sharp_Hope6199 May 07 '22

Because Google isn’t a person, and they want to hear from people.

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u/Komirade666 May 07 '22

Most of the search in google are long article with filler words. I prefer having a conversation with someone with a thourough explanation and also straight to the point. It feels nicer imo.

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u/sarcasticdiverman May 06 '22

For potential of the all powerful karma.

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

I often wonder the same thing. It makes no sense to me. I'm a nutritionist and I am shocked at how often my clients text me a question that really doesn't have anything to do with our coaching but it's something easily found out on the internet.

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u/BOLTRONAUT May 06 '22

Because most people are attention whores.

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Google it.

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u/thedjsubii May 06 '22

i mean... you could have just googled it.

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u/Weird-Buffalo-3169 May 06 '22

Google searches throw tons of ads at us, this gives more real people opinions and experiences

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Sometime people not only want to learn the answer but also want to know the opinion that people around the world hold regarding the topic in question.

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u/bomb3x May 06 '22

I don't know. Did you google it?

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u/Legitimate-Thanks-37 May 06 '22

Because they are too afraid to ask google. (Search history)

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u/Largeheadphones May 06 '22

Every browser has an incognito mode to protect your search history from showing up on you PC as far as I'm aware.

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u/MrBinkie May 06 '22

Well google it and find your answer there

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u/5R33RAG May 06 '22

for the karma.

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u/trevb75 May 06 '22

Maybe they are looking for replies that aren’t SEO and full of ads

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u/smokebomb_exe May 06 '22

Because sometimes a human answer (and examples) are better than Google answers. Plus, the jokes.

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u/CaptZ May 06 '22

Attention

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u/A37N May 06 '22

You'd be surprised by the amount of people who just don't google anything in 2022

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u/Dazballs May 06 '22

Did you Google the answer before posting this?

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u/Joe_Betz_ May 06 '22

People enjoy engagement on what is effectively a social media platform.

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u/Melan420 May 06 '22

If I'm posting a question on reddit I obviously already googled it but didn't get my answer

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u/ihavenochilllll May 06 '22

cos when i google anything, i type “reddit” at the end of it to get the REAL answer

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u/g0juice May 06 '22

People need attention.

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u/bremergorst May 06 '22

Googlephobia

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u/Kingdedede4prez May 06 '22

Why are you "afraid" to ask this question.

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u/bigedthebad May 06 '22

Google doesn’t always give you a complete or satisfactory answer. You also can’t ask google follow up or clarifying questions.

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u/coderedcocaine May 06 '22

Too afraid to google

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u/187mphlazers May 06 '22

google doesn't give you reddit karma

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u/BurantX40 May 06 '22

You could've googled this.

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u/brunonicocam May 06 '22

I think there are a lot of "fake" questions here, people make up a controversial question hoping to get either attention or karma.

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u/holdingontouke May 06 '22

TBH, when I have a question I will 'Google' it with Reddit at the end. Typically, the top answer in the thread is better than the results Google provides.

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u/Vladnieshka May 06 '22

The sub name is actually short for " TooAfraidToAskGoogle "
but some people like to have a discussion, not just a flat answer too, so that I'm sure has some play into it.

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Because they're too afraid to ask google.

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u/Callec254 May 06 '22

People like to have discussion and hear personal anecdotes relating to a question.

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u/stardust_____ May 06 '22

Because google doesn’t give you karma!

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u/RailRuler May 06 '22

Some people want to start a controversy and watch the fireworks. Other times it's a "push poll" trying to advertise something or manipulate people's opinion.

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u/Vast-Combination4046 May 06 '22

People like the conversations. It's a form of entertainment for me.

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u/zt100 May 06 '22

Idk, Google it.

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u/HeavensHellFire May 06 '22

A good portion of the questions on this sub is either easily answered through google or people just seeking an echo chamber

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u/WutzUpples69 May 06 '22

I googled why and it's because people are too lazy to open another tab in their browser.

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u/aDrunkSailor82 May 06 '22

Idk why don't you Google your question?

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u/BackinZac May 06 '22

Ugh. This comment. For the same reason new players ask the same questions every new player asks on gaming subreddits instead of just googling it. Sometimes it’s just more fun to discuss a shared interest than it is to just google it. It’s really not that difficult to understand.

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u/KILLJEFFREY May 06 '22

People want conversations about the answers and more nuanced replies.

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u/bilvester May 06 '22

We are social animals. Even the anti-social ones.

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u/GreasyBastord May 06 '22

U mean every single subrieddit with "ask" in the name

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u/HmnCllTr May 06 '22

What’s google? Never heard of it.

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u/TheFlean May 06 '22

Because googling is not easy. Some people just don’t know how to use a search engine.

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u/khagol May 06 '22

Also people ask questions here that could be asked on AksReddit or DoesAnybodyElse. I feel like questions on this subreddit should be the ones that one would generally afraid to ask, hence the name.

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u/Complete_Tap_4590 May 06 '22

And why didn't OP google this?

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u/Ennion May 06 '22

People want fake internet points for their ignorance.
Google will simply give you a few answers and then targeted advertising about them.

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u/cerebraldormancy May 06 '22

Karma farming

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u/bestryanever May 06 '22

You don't get the attention and validation of strangers by googling an answer

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u/jcukier May 06 '22

People have more context when answering questions.

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u/Brainemy May 06 '22

Some articles that you read on the internet are biased/one sided or very opinionated. When people ask here, you get a diverse perspective from people of different cultures, ages, genders etc.

It is a more complete picture/answer to your question IMO 😃

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u/franktrain84 May 06 '22

You should Google this

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u/toxicmog May 06 '22

The fuck is Google?

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u/LeClubNerd May 06 '22

Reddit always solves it... one way or another. Don't fuck with Reddit

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Because most questions that people are too afraid to ask are not allowed

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u/Sea_Waltz2353 May 06 '22

My bf just asked me this. He didn’t understand why we would turn to strangers on the internet but I told him we can get more realistic responses on here and it’s just more entertaining to read then a website or blog. I genuinely feel like other peoples opinions matter to me, even if they are disagreeing it’s still a good read/conversation.

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u/cheap_dates May 06 '22

Let me Google that for you. ; p

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u/KraljZ May 06 '22

Why don’t you just google it???

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u/SnakeDucks May 06 '22

It’s about getting different perspectives and opinions.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Pop_314 May 06 '22

You should have googled you question first then....

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u/Specialist_Good_8559 May 06 '22

A quick Google search could have told you that people seek the affirmation of other people.

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u/You_Said_it_Man May 06 '22

Awards. That’s why. Awards. Ahhhhh awards

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u/ComfortableSea4645 May 06 '22

Because Google isn't good at answering questions

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u/SpittingCake May 06 '22

Google doesn’t spark a discussion/get other peoples views all in one place.

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u/gehanna1 May 06 '22

Because it's better to pass the time in conversation and engaging with others.

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u/iuehan May 06 '22

including this one

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u/aZamBie135 May 06 '22

Karma farm?

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u/LenaStone May 06 '22

Most are searching for validation from others.

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u/SpittingCake May 06 '22

Google doesn’t spark a discussion/get other peoples views all in one place.

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u/daxtaslapp May 06 '22

Just remember that the sub is no stupid questions lol

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u/arcadiangenesis May 06 '22

Probably because they want to see an actual person's response typed out in an open forum, which feels more personal than pulling a random search result from the whole internet.

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u/Satan_Lma0 May 06 '22

I’m not good at wording questions on google and can never find a clear answer. The real question is why other Reddit users have to be so rude to people just looking for advice or asking questions they genuinely don’t know? That’s why Reddit is a thing.

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u/freddyfazzballs May 06 '22

they wanna know answers from real people not an article or whatever

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u/DrewPDong May 06 '22

Oh, the irony

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u/Sensitive-Stock-9805 May 06 '22

I ask this to myself all the time. The Nextdoor app really cracks me up that people will literally ask "What hours is City Hall open?" and I think of when I started in computers and the fact that we have this remarkable technology right in our hands.

But I think for here.. it can be Karma, it can be a yell in the void to see if they are alone, it can be habit, it can be attention seeking, it can be lazy, or any one of a million things that other people do that are a total mystery to so many of us. In other words, it's likely just a human with a thought or a habit.

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u/Ctrl-Home May 06 '22

People like social interaction

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u/crawdad28 May 06 '22

Why ask Google when you can ask a bunch of know-it-alls?

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u/mrgeetar May 06 '22

Why talk to people when you can just find an internet post that agrees with you and read that instead?

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u/glowin_liv May 06 '22

a lot of questions are opinion based from what i’ve seen

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u/WritPositWrit May 06 '22

People are trying to get interaction here. It’s more fun than Google.

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u/D_Winds May 06 '22

Because the people who post here aren't out playing with their friends.

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u/HobbesMich May 06 '22

Browser history.... 🤣🤣

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u/XipingVonHozzendorf May 06 '22

You could have googled this.

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u/Gunty1 May 06 '22

You can literally google anything. Doesnt mean you'll get the answers you want, or a conversation.

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u/YorkshireCat May 06 '22

Simpler answers here. Plus hearing different opinions and that. It's just fun?

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u/Lucky-Apricot-5628 May 06 '22

too afraid to google

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u/capalbertalexander May 06 '22

Sometimes it's more about starting a discussion than just a simple question answer response. Usually you go to a forum like reddit, ask a questions then ask follow up questions in response. It can create a much more thorough understanding of the subject as a whole

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u/[deleted] May 07 '22

I googled it, basicly says because people are lazy.

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u/down2dream May 07 '22

Did you try googling it?