As a part of my thesis research I sent out a surveymonkey survey. I was overwhlemed and excited by the sheer number of responses to the survey, not to mention the quality of answers that came back. I know that in general surveys are annoying to receive and no one really wants to participate in one unless there’s a prize at the end or something like that…that being said, THANK YOU to everyone who took my survey!!!
I mentioned this at the start of my survey, but I have to let everyone else in on why I sent it out. Basically I have a few hypotheses about cooking that have been proven by my research thus far. And by research thus far, it’s been mostly internet research and polling those closest to me. I felt it was really important for me to find out on my own, with my own research whether my hypotheses are true or not, I want to know because it could shape and change the future of my thesis! So here’s what I went in thinking…
- I think people don’t cook at home
- I think people are more apt to choose convenience over quality
I think people are afraid of cooking
I think it’s a fear of failure (in the kitchen)
I think it’s a fear of the unknown
- It’s a fear of something they’ve never done
- I think people don’t know how to cook
…beacuase of a lack of skill (generating fear of failure/mistakes)
…because a lack of language/vocabulary
…because of a lack of technique (generating fear of the unknown)
…because of a lack of knowledge of basics (generating fear)
- I think all people can cook
- I think people want to know how to cook
- I think people wish they “had time” to cook
- I don’t think people prioritize cooking
- I think, for some, the kitchen is a scary place
There of course is a third option of incorporating both populations, but then that means that my thesis would have a pretty wide audience and could be difficult to narrow in on what I want to do and how I can best educate people in the kitchen. I’m at a crossroads. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I want to inspire people and allow them a freedom in the kitchen that they’ve never experienced before, but I also know there are a lot of tools out there already. So how do I create something that’s different, something innovative and inspiring? That is the question.
I want to learn how people learn. I want to know what inspires people to learn new things and what keeps them moving forward when things get tough. I want to know why people learn new things. I want to know how something can go from a mystery, to a like, to a hobby to a passion. i want to know what is an intuitive way of learning. i want to know what people want to learn in the kitchen!
I stand at a crossroad, arms crossed, mind racing with excitement and possibility.