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Why do you like what you like?
Posted 9/10/14 , edited 9/10/14
In my Marketing class this question was the first thing asked. Why do we like what we like? Most people deny having any further meaning to liking something other than they like that, but there's a deeper side to everything and we all have different variables to it.

I pose this question to a lot of things. Books, movies, music, video games, anime, manga, women, men, clothes, hairstyles, everything. What is it that makes us us? Why do we like the stuff we like?

Do you think you know why?

P.S. - Advertising is 24/7, cramming our brains with products and ideas, making us pretty much subconsciously someone else's. It's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just the truth. Average amount of ads seen by a person a day is 200 to 2,000, and in that we're making decisions of liking, agreeing, wanting, not wanting all in a second.


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Woah, I never thought about why I like what I do.
Honestly, I just do.
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Cause I'm awesome and the things that I like are also awesome.
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I like a little bit of everything, simply because I'm constantly intrigued by new and original things, but some of the reason I like things is just because of genetics I suppose.
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I'm always right, so what I like is what properly ought to be liked.
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The consumer and mainstream media work as a feedback loop. It is a situation of which came first "chicken or the egg". The media can manipulate the consumer into trends or new hits and such but the media also works off of the masses, the consumers. (If this makes any sense)

However, people would like to be individualistic and original, our tastes are influenced by peer and social approval, some are so much influenced that they can sport the label of "hipster.' However it really depends on what category we are talking about (fashion, technology, movies, television, books, people,etc). Like the first poster said, there are a lot of variables. But of course there are those who do stray and are truly original (may be due to certain limitations that spur creativity)-some so much that they become the next social influence. I'm not saying that we lack creativity in what we like but it's like if we live in a completely different culture from our own currently, what we like is subject to change because the culture is a social influence.

Short assessment of what I think on the topic; I can go on much more but that requires more time and thinking on my part. No doubt it's an interesting topic that I would try with my friends and peers for some good discourse.
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this is honestly a forum. smh. [insert facepalm here.]
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I don't know, actually. I like some songs or smells due to the feeling of nostalgia, though, haha.
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-palefrown wrote:

is honestly a forum. smh. [insert facepalm here.]


This is tougher question than you think.
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because
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AiYumega wrote:


-palefrown wrote:

this is honestly a forum. smh. [insert facepalm here.]


This is tougher question than you think.


fixed it no worrys pal.
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For some reason, I can not help but to find it appealing to me. That all I need to show why I like it.
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I like books because I can get a visual of what the author is trying to portray and more about what goes on in the story. This is a rather interesting question I must say.
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I think that all of us have something we want to say. Something that we can't communicate through words or pictures or anything like that. So we gravitate towards what draws us. Something not so obvious about what we like draws us because we can't function without it. I don't think most people are superficial enough to like something simply because it is popular. There are so many people that everything can simultaneously be interesting and boring at the same time if you ask around enough. It's just that these things are readily available and easier to get to. It's like the quick-fix to our need for personal enlightenment. As long as it is readily available it works or doesn't, but there's always something else beyond the horizon and within easy reach if it doesn't work.

There's always something deeper than "because it's good" as a reason to why we like stuff. Whether it is nature or nurture or marketing or what have you. I like things because my senses tell me I do, but I also try to like things outside of my comfort zone. That's why I rarely do things like watch the same movies, read the same books, or watch the same anime. I try to go out of my way to really understand why I like what I like and why I dislike what I do by approaching different material as often as possible.

A lot of times I am a bit spiteful so I will dislike something because a lot of other people are big on something. But I try to get beyond that and give everything a fair shake.

I am a bit detached from "society" when it comes to a lot of things so I am sure that it makes me a black sheep. Advertisements don't work too well on me. If I try something it is because I want to on the spur of the moment and not because of advertising. If anything, advertising would make me hold off even longer and wait or enjoy it less.

But if books, movies, internet, TV, and music were not readily available (just pretend they stopped existing) then I'm sure things like knitting and crocheting would be in a bitter competition with each other for our attention. Or something silly and relatively boring otherwise.

There's a very good possibility that none of us really like what we do, but we do it simply because it is available and we don't know how to entertain ourselves by ourselves at the moment. We have enough choices for things to do now, after all. Aside from getting up and doing more work or something constructive. So we try to find the voice to our inner discomfort through media. But most of us don't know where the voice really originates from, though. And I don't think we connect it with what we like, most of the time.

Of course, I could be full of it. Since I am fairly detached from society. ;)






Posted 9/10/14 , edited 9/10/14
like with all sayings, "there's always an exception to the rule"... (I wonder if there's exception to this rule of there being an exception to every rule)... how awkward.



ads actually annoy me. I didn't buy an apple iPhone because they kept putting that ad, "There's an app for that". idk why, but that line annoyed me so much, I hated apple for putting that annoying ad all the time.
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People also like to say, tv/videos/media determine how we perceive beauty. but I honestly don't believe so. my obsession with blonde-haired men stems from when i was a kid. i used to go to the beach in Sydney frequently, and i adored those blonde hair surfers. i think that's how my attraction towards blonde hair people came about. TV/movies/ads are secondary... and only reinforces what i already like. it doesn't make me like something.


i think people are more inspired by what they see in real life. and by friends (peer pressure). ads are mainly for bringing awareness.
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