The Rise of Crowdsourced Decision-Making: Should We Let Strangers Plan Our Lives?

You might not realize how much we can rely on other people to make decisions these days.
   For example, which clothes to buy look good, which model of computer is more durable – put all kinds of questions on the Internet, and there will be kind people answering for you.
   That said, it’s now easier than ever to get other people’s perspective on puzzles big and small. Difficult to tell your partner, parents, private matters that you can’t find answers on the Internet, small things that you are embarrassed to trouble your friends, you can now ask strangers.
   The most common question has to be “job”, such as which offer to choose, which company to choose…these are all difficult problems that you and I may face in life. At this time, step on the shoulders of netizens to see, maybe You can see shortcuts that others can’t see. Which school to choose, which major to study, whether to take the postgraduate entrance examination, and which city to go to, are all waiting for an enthusiastic netizen teacher to come to give advice.
   Of course, in addition to serious life choices, as small as whether a product looks good or not, and which color to choose, the team members will also vote and speak enthusiastically. They are willing to choose the most beautiful and useful things in their minds, including But not limited to mobile phones, computers, clothes, skirts, bags. For people with aesthetic disabilities, the fastest way to raise their image above the passing line is to ask the majority of netizens to check it out.
   But what would happen if every decision in life was made by a stranger?
   Your life is probably like this–in terms of life choices, netizens will suggest that you should choose science for liberal arts and science, and choose a university for university. If you are not going to be a doctor or lawyer, you should give priority to “985” and “211”. In terms of life choices, when you ask whether you want to buy something, netizens may say that it looks good, but it is not worth the price; when you rent a house, if you ask whether the commuting time is short or the rent is cheaper, netizens will say that you should choose Close to the place of work…
   And this kind of life, we can call it “the standard answer to life of the contemporary Internet”.
   A study at Cornell University found that a person makes 226.7 decisions a day when it comes to food alone. So there is a saying that the number of decisions that contemporary people make every day is unprecedented in human beings, but obviously not everyone is ready for it.
   This kind of contemporary fatigue of “the more choices the less you can choose” is called “decision fatigue”. Even with enough information that can be searched, after a long period of entanglement, people are still unable to make decisions, hoping to get analysis and persuasion from strangers again. In short, contemporary people are pursuing a “game-reading” perfect life.
   In fact, the choice of social platform is not guaranteed to work. Especially for major events, many questions and answers follow such a pattern: the parties give a simplified summary of the previous situation, and netizens give shorter instructions, and most of these instructions are very decisive. Of course, those who give advice may not have experience, but this does not prevent the questioner from gaining courage from these rational answers.
   The person who asks the question pursues rational advice, and the person who advises obtains pleasure through rational analysis. Both sides have completed their own idealization to a certain extent: becoming a modern, rational person who is not dominated by emotions and trends.

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