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If someone says to you: "Whatever you do...don't look down!" ...do you look down?

Asked by Ansible1 (4831points) January 28th, 2010

You probably would right? Are we programmed to question an advisory like this? or maybe to examine the situation ourselves and make up our own minds? Kinda like if you’re with someone and they cover their nose and say: “Oh my god, what is that smell?!” what’s the next thing you do….take a big whiff and see for yourself right?

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nimarka1's avatar

how can you not!

erichw1504's avatar

Yea, I always fall for that one. I also do the smell thing.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

If my husband or best friend told me this, I wouldn’t
if anyone else did, i would

DominicX's avatar

I can’t imagine a situation where this would happen other than me on a rickety bridge crossing a volcano. In that case, I would just take the advice because I know looking down would make me more scared and I would fail to completely whatever quest I was on.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Immediately…if not soooo-nah! ;)

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Sure I would. Who wouldn’t? It’s the same thing as saying “don’t look now, but….” and you immediately look.

rangerr's avatar

In some situations, I know better. I’m terrified of heights, so generally, I won’t look down either way.
I love roller-coasters, though. I’m usually the one saying “don’t look down” going up the first hill if I’m with someone who isn’t a fan of them.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Well I’m curious. You can’t blame me for that.

janbb's avatar

But of course.

Dr_C's avatar

It’s human nature when someone says “don’t look down” to wonder why we shouldn’t and then on instinct look to make sure it’s safe.

faye's avatar

I might ask why first depending on the situation but I’d have to see for myself.

Cruiser's avatar

OMG! Look out behind you!!!

Fyrius's avatar

I like to think I’m more genre savvy than that.

I’ve long since stopped feeling any desire at all to look behind me when anyone tells me there’s a horrible monster or whatever there. But that’s probably just a matter of habituation. It gets old.
Tough luck, @Cruiser. :P

I think I’ve also stopped being susceptible to basic trolling staples like “you are now blinking and breathing manually” or “you are now thinking of [insert horrid subject here]”. Spending enough time in the wretched hive of trolls and wankery that is the internet has the effect of making it easier not to give a frying truck about cheap tricks like that.
Except for The Game, that one is inevitable.

So maybe not.

TehRoflMobile's avatar

It’s part of human nature. Part of it is curiosity as you wonder what you will see, or what will happen if you look. The other part of it is the inner rebel in all of us. Humans by nature do not like to be told what to do. So when some one DEMANDS “Don’t looks down” even if you really have no care what is below you will look to defy this demand. This shows my idea a bit more clearly.

Allie's avatar

Hell yeah I look down! If I fall or drop I want to know what I’m dealing with. I also fall for the “Don’t look behind you” one. BUT, I don’t fall for the “Eww, this smells/tastes bad, smell/try it.” Well, no, that’s just stupid.

girlofscience's avatar

No one has ever said this to me, but I can’t imagine there being anything ever that I wouldn’t want to look at.

gailcalled's avatar

There is a old joke about telling a child, as you leave the room, “Don’t stuff beans up your nose.” The outcome is always the same.

tinyfaery's avatar

No. At least I’m pretty sure. Once while the wife and I were outside having a smoke (back when we smoked), she all of a sudden got a very serious look on her face. She looked me straight in the eyes and said “don’t turn around”. I froze and did not take my eyes off of hers. She then grabbed my hand and pulled me away from where I was standing. Turns out a HUGE spider had climbed down the wall and stopped just above my shoulder. I was leaning on the wall, so chances are it could have crawled on me. I shudder even thinking about it. I HATE spiders. Ack.

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Fyrius's avatar

@girlofscience
“I can’t imagine there being anything ever that I wouldn’t want to look at.”
Really? Ever heard of something called “goatse”?
Don’t google that.

girlofscience's avatar

@Fyrius: Yeah, of course I want to look at everything terrible. I have train-wreck syndrome.

And, that was nothing.

Fyrius's avatar

@girlofscience
I stand corrected.

jmmf's avatar

i have this thing in which i do the exact opposite thing a person tells me to do. so yeah, i look down. :)

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