The questions we ask can sometimes reveal the answers we already know. For example, if someone were to ask an intelligent maths question it would reveal to the questionee the probability the questioner has a sound knowledge of maths. Using this logic I wondered what are the main questions human beings generally ask themselves and what does this say about our society. Of course we cannot overlook Google when we search for an answer. 'Just google it,' has become the most answered answer to life's conundrums. Here are my findings to googling verbatim 'what is the most asked question?'
On Ask.com the number 1 asked question is: 'What happens when I die?'
Second- 'Would you like fries with that?'
And third- 'Do you know the muffin man?'
I may have added some poetic license to this result.
What does this data say about our society? Are we are all eternal existentionalists that are obsessed by food and celebrity.
Then I found some useful info here: http://searchinsights.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/questions.jpg
The most scientific question on this website is, 'why is the sky blue?' Oh derr.
'How do you make pancakes?' And the old time favourite- 'What happens when I die?' Again food and death is the main theme.
Okay, so now I google "what happens when I die?" I had to select realityuncovered.net because the name says it all and this pearl of wisdom is what it offered:
"To understand what happens when you die, we must first understand what death is. The dictionary definition of death is as concise at it is stark: The end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism."
Thank-you realityuncovered.net for informing your readers the end of life is death.
There are heaps and heaps of Internet users, so many it's tricky getting reliable figures as to how many people are surfing the information highways. The main query the estimated 1 billion users can come up with is how to find and cook food and how to lose weight once we've eaten too much of it. Followed by 'what is death?'
According to Wikipedia (nobody goes there without a question) there are over 300 million Internet users reading blogs similar to the crappy one you are reading now. There are also over 1 billion google searches a day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet and that's just google. We have to ask if anyone is getting any closer to finding any answers?
Why are there so many questions being asked and what does it tell us about ourselves, and our society and humankind as a whole? Food, God, the meaning of life, how to lose weight and celebrities- that's our most asks. Should we change the way we inquire about the world around us? Well that's just another one of those questions.