Do do these people just want justification? What do you think?
Most Helpful Guy
A myriad of reasons.
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.1
Most Helpful Girl
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.2