If we are living in a digital age when information is readily available, does that make us less curious? Well, it turns out curiosity has several kinds or flavors, and they are not driven by the same motives.
Perceptual curiosity refers to how we feel when something surprises us or when something doesn’t quite agree with what we know or think we know. It’s a bit like an itch that we need to scratch: we want to find out the information in order to relieve that type of curiosity. Epistemic curiosity, which is a pleasurable state associated with the desire to obtain new knowledge especially through learning, education or even research. There is also diversive curiosity which occurs when people seek stimulus by checking their phone looking to ward off boredom.
It is natural that different people are curious about different things, and the level of intensity of their curiosity may be different. Most psychological traits, including curiosity, have a genetic component to them. The fact that some people are much more curious than others largely has to do with their genetics. Some studies seem to also suggest that the love of knowledge i.e. epistemic curiosity, is roughly constant across all ages. How then do you nurture curiosity in your team? By asking questions or encouraging members to be curious, and start with a subject that people are already curious about.