People Prefer To Hear Familiar Stories

If you thought telling new and exciting stories is most impressive, think again. Harvard University researchers have found that people prefer stories they’ve heard before. Researcher Daniel Gilbert explains, “When our friends try to tell us about movies we’ve never seen or albums we’ve never heard, we usually find ourselves bored, confused, and underwhelmed. That’s because those experiences are so complex that they are nearly impossible for an ordinary person to communicate well.” As a result, our friends are happier when we tell them what they already know, because then at least they know what we’re talking about. Gilbert concludes, “We worry too much about thrilling our listeners and not enough about confusing them.” (Daily Mail