To Google or not to Google…
Whether at work or at home, there is an overuse and lack of use.
Growing up in the 70s and 80s my Dad always told me to read. Read anything, my schoolbooks, magazines, newspapers. By doing so, today I find myself to be extremely resourceful. With Google and YouTube that just adds to my personal encyclopedia. Speaking of which, we had the blue leather-bound World Book in our home.
I like to find the answers to anything on my own before I ask any questions. If I start asking right off the bat, I may get the wrong answer or I may ask too many sources and thus get conflicting information. If time is of the essence, well I am going to go ahead and Google it. We live in a society that is all about instant gratification. Whether it is at work or at the dinner table, I find myself getting annoyed more and more because people are face-planted on their phones and cannot make any eye contact whatsoever. Google this, google that. What happens when you don’t have your cell phone on you?!
I am trying to make it a habit when I am conversing with people and a question comes up that I do not use Google to look up the answer. It makes me concentrate and focus even more. Who sings that song? Who was the MVP of Super Bowl XII? What countries border France? By doing this, I am interacting even more with my present company instead of my phone. Socially I don’t want the cell phone to take away our etiquette. I refuse to.
There are times when we don’t have access to our phones or a computer. I get that. But there are many times I get asked questions by people who can simply Google. Now I don’t mind answering questions. That’s the only way one will learn. But these are the same people that plant their faces in their phones when they are out to dinner. Damned if you Google, damned if you don’t.