Normally I shoot photos one at a time. I don’t follow active children around or shoot sports, and even with squirrels and birds I usually take single shots. But sometimes with a quickly moving target I switch to burst mode to try to make sure I get at least one pic that has focus nailed and a good expression, turn of head or whatever.
Shooting in bursts like this is called “spray and pray.” It’s a somewhat derogatory term because rather than depending on skill and technique you’re betting that quantity will lead to something of quality. Derogatory or not, spraying and praying can be useful! And sometimes you end up with a fun sequence, like this seagull getting surprised by a wave.