Briana Hansen
June 05, 2016 11:10 am
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Some people spend hours falling into an internet rabbit hole of random videos and searchers. Others among us (myself included) find that those rabbit holes are typically not random and, in fact, pretty consistently center around one major theme: Finding out all the best fan theories HBO’s Game of Thrones and using that information to theorize on the future of (and connections between) the most beloved characters.

If that describes you too, you may not be surprised (I wasn’t) to find out that there could be something quirky about how your brain works. According to an in-depth article in NY Mag, there is actually an explanation as to why certain brains become more obsessed (or at least open to) convoluted and detailed fan theories.


In a nutshell, people prefer patterns to chaos. So when it comes to the complicated and chaotic world of say Westeros, many minds will tend to want to see and create an order to the seeming randomness. And the fact that sometimes these theories get validated (like when a certain character didn’t die), means that there’s extra fodder for fans to theorize even more about every little detail.

In a nutshell, people prefer patterns to chaos. So when it comes to the complicated and chaotic world of say Westeros, many minds will tend to want to see and create an order to the seeming randomness. And the fact that sometimes these theories get validated (like when a certain character didn’t die), means that there’s extra fodder for fans to theorize even more about every little detail.

Our brains are hardwired to find connections and create bigger pictures out of seemingly separate acts and instances. And we sort of naturally assume that the storytellers have a plan in sight. They wrapped a box and left it for us to find, so we just do our best to shake it up and try and guess what’s inside until they give us the OKAY to open it.

Believing in and obsessing over fan (or conspiracy) theories doesn’t necessarily mean you have something wrong in your personality. In fact, a study has concluded that people with more open and agreeable personality traits (among other things) can actually be more willing to buy into and become invested in these theories.

Not to mention, fan theories are just a lot of fun to think and talk about nonstop.

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