Clearly the title is a joke, but let’s think about this for a little bit, if you still remember how to think. Don’t Google “How to think” right now! Don’t do it! Seriously though, how much thinking are we actually doing now with Google in our pockets? I saw comedian Pete Holmes perform on Conan last night and the end of his bit, he started talking about Google, which has inspired me to dig a little deeper into the concept. Pete Holmes is very funny and his whole appearance is great, but if you want to see the part I’m talking about, forward to 3:50.
“The beauty of not knowing” as Holmes calls it. What is that? It’s funny because when we don’t know something and you have a question, everyone gives you the same answer: “Just Google it!” It has taken the purpose of knowing out of our daily lives. We still need to know certain things, but where’s the motivation for a student to study hard? He or she can spend forever reading a book to learn something that they could’ve found out in 5 seconds from Google. It’s definitely not healthy being able to know everything with a click because there is no longer that “beauty of not knowing,” which is actually very important. Being intelligent and knowing more than other people is power. Why do you think the most successful people come from the most prestigious schools? Well nowadays you can simply network your way to the top, but that’s a totally different topic. The point is that if everyone can know all the same information with the click of a button then that really doesn’t give people who are naturally smart an advantage in life. I guess you have to take a step back, look in the mirror and see how you are using Google and if it has a positive or negative effect on your life. Personally, Google has helped me educate myself (like how to build a website like this), but I do miss that feeling of not knowing. It has probably hurt me t well because without Google, I bet I would’ve learned a lot more in my college career. If I’m out having a beer with the guys and someone asks: “Hey, whose leading the MLB in Homeruns right now?” Everyone just breaks out their cell phones and boom, there’s the answer. That’s not the best example, but you can fill in the blank and apply this to anything. There’s ZERO mystery anymore and I think it’s just making us lazier. There’s no motivation to learn with Google around and it will have a negative effect if it hasn’t already.
The Solution to Google
I don’t have one. Do you? To be honest, I don’t think there is anyway to stop this from happening. Google is advancing and people are enjoying how easy life is now even if it’s making us dumber. Please leave comments and let me know your thoughts on Google, how it’s effected you, and if you think it has a positive or negative effect on our society. Cheers!
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