Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you want to know anything and everything about anything or any subject or topic through any medium for no particular reason??! Well, maybe for some reason… even if minute. We just have this hunger about things that interests us and we dig and dig for information in all forms but through reading especially. And study, they say, never ends! This is because we keep finding topics seemingly worthy of our attention and so we go from one area to another and on and on tilltoo much studying wearies the body.
Many of us find ourselves in this situation and we can’t quite say if it is out of curiosity, boredom or thirst for knowledge. Often times in this quest we often land ourselves in rabbit holes that leads to the deep and we keep on burrowing and burrowing until we almost reach the center of the earth only to find that where we are is just beneath the surface of the earth! Lol!
Now, does search for knowledge about something lead to confusion about that thing or it further enlightens us? I believe this is greatly determined by our approach to researches that catches our attention and our overall focus. Knowledge about something is built like a puzzle and fitted one after each other till you get the whole picture– the information you seek. This is why I think it is necessary to help suggest these few tips on research and how to find what you are looking for without the baggage that comes with curiosity.
Be Skeptical and Always Verify
The first place to visit for information for most people is the internet. However ,a lot of things there are just baby’s babble. So, when you go online to research, you need to be skeptical of what you are finding, where exactly you are finding it, and who really it is coming from. Reputable websites will be honest but there are several other websites that are not trustworthy. It is important to try to stick to
sources with reputations for quality, and if something seems fishy, it most probably is. You should verify the truth of something to your satisfaction. Remember: social media is a hive for misinformation and should be approached with caution.
It is possible to be so lost reading on and about something that you forget that you have other things to do. And it is also very likely that the more time you spend researching on a topic at a stretch, the more difficult sourcing out the required info becomes. You could even get carried away, slip from the subject of focus and waste precious time. Ever gone to the internet to ask if cats can swim and you are there two hours later watching kittens drinking milk on YouTube? Oh great! This is why it is a good idea to know what you are going for, go straight for it and exit almost immediately. Else you find yourself compulsively consuming information not beneficial to the alleviation of poverty or resolving the problem of climate change. Timing yourself and disciplining yourself to abide by it will save you time, energy and unnecessary mismanagement of precious resources. Yes, data. Lol
When you are trying to find out more about a topic of interest, try and compare sources to make sure you are getting the best of information. Checking out other reliable sources will help guide you on staying on the right path in your quest for knowledge. It is not always healthy to stick to one side in anything. Read to learn, but see from a good number of angles to make a wonderful conclusion or reach a balanced stand on any issue you are curious about.
The last but not the least tip is to share whatever information you are finding with your friends and family. They may have one or two things to contribute to your knowledge and also be instrumental in correcting any perceived faults while you also help to tell them what they may not have k own before or be aware of. At the end of the day, you will be glad you didn’t hoard your findings.
Above all, it is great and wonderful to be curious, for out of it many ideas were birthed and innovations made. Yet, we should adopt a healthy approach in our quest so we can rather drive solutions and increase in knowledge not cause problems and confusion for ourselves and others through misinformation. We must remember what killed the cat!
Afterthought: but a cat has nine lives anyways…so read away!!! LOL