Researchers say that people would rather avoid the suffering that knowing the future could cause.
Most people wish to avoid regretting their decision to know, and want to preserve the enjoyment of suspense in their lives, the research found.
The team also found that those who prefer not to know the future are more risk averse and are more likely to buy life and legal insurance than people who want to know the future.
They claim that those who choose to be ignorant anticipate regret and so are more pessimistic.
The length of time until an event would occur played a role in participants' responses.
Deliberate ignorance was more likely the nearer the event was.
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