I don't understand why people ask questions if they can't see other viewpoints (I'll admit I've done this a few times too in the past). I mean if someone says that disagree with them, they'll get all mad and pissy about it. Why ask a question if you can't take criticism? Why come on a website about opinions if you can't handle differing opinions?
Do do these people just want justification? What do you think?
In some cases the person is looking to confirm some preconceived notion. In some cases it's an innate but all-too-human tendency to dislike being wrong. In some cases it's because the reply was delivered with rude and insensitive language.
And finally, in some cases the truth is very painful. Pain, both physical and emotional, has been shown to make your less intelligent. I recall there was a guy on gag who had a bewildering number of profiles yet almost always the same profile pic. He kept asking how he looked, and the overwhelming response was "unattractive." He frequently argued the point, and became very angry and sad. Many gagers were compassionate, but many weren't. A few wondered why he was getting upset, claiming they were only telling him the truth. What was he supposed to feel? Happy and thrilled that so many found him ugly? Put yourself in his shoes. Can you say with 100% certainty that you would remain stoic and calm if you discovered you were ugly to the majority? Could you say with 100% certainty that you would never lash out if you felt this pain over many decades? People might do well to remember this when they must tell a very painful truth. The person hearing it is in pain, which has been demonstrated time and again to make people less intelligent.
Maybe you're right... some people may be looking for reassurance. Also just because they don't take criticism well doesn't mean they won't take that advice after thinking about it. I know I can be like this in real life sometimes, and I will go back and thank the person that helped me see something.
It's worth mentioning that some people on this website are far from constructive with criticism so that doesn't help. Some insults are completely uncalled for, and some people on this website turn everything into a debate. I guess it just depends! There are also very bitter people who ask questions too so it's a bit of everyone playing a role.
Some people ask questions because they need to vent, some people need someone to pat them on the back and say they agree with them. in my opinion, both of those types are annoying and unreasonable. You can vent by writing in your diary, or you can write a poem, song etc. And those who need validation, they're just plain insecure and they don't trust themselves enough to do what they think it's right so they wait for someone to tell them it's alright to do what or think this or that.