People get the first benefits of curiosity as children. It's how we form our understanding of the world and how we learn about the practical details of everyday life. Studies also suggest that people's minds crave distraction. In the absence of any other stimulation, people will seek out even the most dry or mundane kinds of information to prevent boredom [source: Lowenstein]. People also use curiosity to help shape their identities, and define who they are by what kinds of information they seek. By exploring new information, we expand ourselves and continually reshape our attitudes about the world and our places in it.
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