Curiosity is not bad behavior, but the key to successful communication.
The assumption that “too many questions” or curiosity is something bad is deeply rooted in culture. It started with Adam and Eve, seduced by the evil snake and driven by curiosity – they eat the forbidden fruit and gain "knowledge", but unfortunately have to leave paradise afterwards. It's little better with the ancient Greeks. There escapes a mysterious box of evil such as work, illness and death, which were previously unknown to mankind – Pandora would only have heard of Zeus.
Curiosity inspires innovation
But if you often ask yourself: Why the hell ...? How in God's name ...? or why not ...?, you automatically take a step forward. Because without questioning the status quo, we would not know today that the world is round, computers would not fit in our pockets, and cars would not drive themselves. Inventive and creative people are just curious. Or is it the other way around, to be creative you have to be curious? It's certain that researching new things and thereby acquiring new knowledge is in our nature.
As children, we understand the world by constantly asking ourselves and others annoying questions and simply trying things out: what happens when I throw my plate off the table? What does sand actually taste like? And should I maybe press this red button?” – We just enjoy discovering new things. Because curiosity leads us to surprises, new experiences, challenges, discoveries and unexpected opportunities to learn – and thus to a happier life, as the psychologist Daniel Todd Gilbert from Harvard University writes.*