A question is usually the most effective way to gather information and make a decision, but sometimes it can be a little too invasive.
For example, if you’re trying to understand how people use a smartphone and are unsure of how to ask the right questions, ask a friend or colleague instead.
The best way to get the most out of your Google Knowledge questions is to get as many answers as possible in the first place, says Eric Leach, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
“It’s a good way to understand where people are coming from, and it’s a great way to make educated guesses,” Leach says.
If you’re curious about something you haven’t heard about, ask around.
Ask people who know you or are familiar with what you’re looking for.
This will help you find answers that are less likely to be biased, Leach explains.
You might ask someone who is familiar with your interest, and if you get a positive response, you can keep going and ask the same person.
“That’s an effective way of getting more people to share your interest and your curiosity,” Lech says.
The more you ask, the more information you’ll be able to gather, and you’ll get a much better picture of what people want and what they’re trying.