90% Of People Don’t Want To Know What The Future Holds

Two studies involving more than 2,000 adults in Germany and Spain asked participants about a range of both positive and negative potential events in their lives. For example, if they wanted to know what they were getting for Christmas, whether there is life after death, or if their marriage would eventually end in divorce. The study found that 85 to 90% of people would not want to know about upcoming negative events. And 40% to 70% preferred to remain ignorant of upcoming positive events. In fact, only 1% of participants consistently wanted to know what the future held. The researchers also found that people who tended to avoid risk in life were the most likely to not want to know about the future. Put differently, the kind of people who don’t want to know the future tend to anticipate regret.


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