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10 December 2010

A Friday Night Question, chosen at random from The Book of Questions:[More:]

#103- Does the fact that you have never done something before increase or decrease its appeal to you?
Increase! Unless it's something that I know in my bones I shouldn't do. Like trip, or skydive. Generally, though, total increase.
posted by rainbaby 10 December | 19:23
Um, um, I dunno. It depends on whether the new thing is something I'm doing or something that's being done to me.

... that sounded dirtier than I meant it to.

But it's true! If I am undertaking a task with my own hands, a task that I can complete on my own, its novelty may amp up my enthusiasm for it. For example, right now I'm re-upholstering a chair, which I've never done before. Even with something as simple as this, the pleasure of learning a new skill makes it really fun for me!

But putting myself in someone else's hands for a brand new experience --- well, that's harder for me, unless it's someone I really trust.
posted by Elsa 10 December | 19:49
Reminds me of some of the best advice I ever got: "Don't do anything I wouldn't do twice." If something new comes up where the cost and/or risk is not unreasonably high, I'll say "hell yeah!" (a little less strong than a "fuck yeah!" but still enthusiastic). But once the cost and/or risk reaches a certain level, I'll flop over quickly to "hell no" mode. That's why I don't own any Apple products (which shows how low that 'flop over' level really is for me).

Related question: if you have done something before with a bad outcome, how many other people's good outcome might convince you to do it again?
posted by oneswellfoop 10 December | 19:58
Increase. Especially travel to new places.
posted by Ardiril 10 December | 20:12
Honestly: decrease. I'm a creature of routine and I find it very very hard to be enthusiastic about new things. My initial reaction to change is OH GOD NO. I try to stifle that, but it's usually too loud.
posted by punchtothehead 10 December | 20:15
Neither, really. If I want to do something, it's because it interests me.
posted by JanetLand 10 December | 20:43
It depends. If it were bungee jumping I wouldn't be interested. If it is a new food, or an exotic locale, I'm interested.
posted by LoriFLA 10 December | 21:00
Pretty much increase. I'm one of those people who has done a whole lot of things, but most of them only once. That tends to satisfy my curiosity and give me a basic understanding, and then I am ready to move on to trying more, new, different things. In other words, I am more of a dabbler than a delver, except for a few areas like history, music, cooking, writing.

posted by Miko 10 December | 21:05
Hmmm... probably increase. It's the curiousity factor- what will it be like to do it? Then, once I've done it, I know, and whether I do it again will be solely based on whether or not it was, in actuality, a lot of fun.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 10 December | 22:00
Totally USED to be a decrease in likelihood. Nowadays though, the opposite is true. Also, perhaps related, if I find myself scared to do something, that tells me I'd better do it. I mean, within reason. I'm scared to drive into a rock cut with my car...I still don't do that one.
posted by richat 10 December | 22:15
It depends on what it is. Should someone ask, "Do you want to do something new?", without telling me what it is, it's definitely increase until I know what it is.
posted by deborah 10 December | 22:42
Increase, probably. I get antsy when the novelty index dips too low.
posted by tangerine 11 December | 04:23
I'm with JanetLand. I'm interested in what I'm interested in. Sometimes it's things that are new, sometimes not.
posted by dg 11 December | 06:00
Decrease. I'm not good at doing new things. I try to force myself to though, because it's a weakness.
posted by apoch 11 December | 09:19
Where's the edit button. Social things, decrease. Books, music, movies, etc... increase.
posted by apoch 11 December | 09:20
Increase. I like to see new things, taste new things, etc. I guess I secretly believe that I'll find something new and wonderful. Sometimes I do, and sometimes, I should have had the pasta. Only up to a point, though. I'll try the fish sausage happily, but the lemon sorbet with basil syrup, and cardamom creme anglais turns out to be too weird. And I'm probably not ever going to skydive.
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