Geek Native runs un-scientific curiosity polls and one such survey, carried out in conjunction with a Brainstorm competition asked about friendship.
In Brainstorm, students invent a device that lets them find out what their friends are thinking. It ruins lives. Was that down to foolish students or is knowing what people are thinking about inherently foolish?
The survey had less than 100 respondents and, of course, was part of a competition so perhaps people were clicking randomly to get through. It shows that people are mostly undecided but, push come to shove; the chances are you would not like to know what your friends were thinking.
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Men thinking versus Women thinking
The same survey also asked people to select a gender they identified with, and we had responses from men and women.
In our data women are more confident about not knowing what their friends are thinking or, perhaps, more cautious about whether that would be wise. Nearly 60% of women would rather not know.
Men sat firmly on the fence. Exact 50/50 splits are pretty rare in such surveys, but that’s exactly what we managed here.
A gift or a curse? What do you think?
That’s the data from other people but what do you think? There’s a fresh survey below which will allow you to contrast your answer to the latest stats on this thorny question.
Creative Commons credit: Contemplation by Children7.