Monday, April 6, 2015

Addicted to Google

Hi, my name is Trina and I'm a Googaholic.

When did Google take over the internet and my mind? Seems like I remember Ask Jeeves first, then there was ChaCha where you could text a question and get an answer. At some point Google became the Einstein of the www. We no longer "research," we now "google." It's a legitimate verb.

I don't recall wanting all sorts of random information before Google. Now that it's available at my fingertips every minute of every day, I use it... over and over and over and... well you get the point.

How do Chickens reproduce?
What household product can I bathe my dog with?
Where do I rub on my feet to get rid of a headache?
What rhymes with candy?
Why do I have such drastic energy swings?
How often is the groundhog right?
Suggestions to make my kids to pick up after themselves.
What does SMH mean in text lingo?
How to stick with a schedule.
What color makes people the happiest?

You would think we would be the absolute smartest people of all times with this knowledge so accessible, and yet I don't think that's the case.

The question, is it bad to be a Googaholic? We've always been taught "education is key" so what could possibly be wrong with our digital encyclopedia? I have a dear friend that says "everything in moderation" and that's exactly how I'm feeling about Google. Lately I've been asking myself the following things:

Does Google overrule my dependence on prayer? Is it the first place I go for a question? Obviously I don't think I would pray and ask how a chicken reproduces, but I should pray and ask for wisdom in dealing with my children and energy to stick with a schedule.

Am I selling myself short by settling for a Google answer? Before if I wanted to learn some ways to reward employees I would check out or buy a book and do a thorough search, finding lots of information and ideas. Now I google it and read a couple articles with 8 points...which I learned the other day from a man that writes articles for WikiHow, he's no expert on any subject. He actually googles the answer and re-writes it in the WikiHow format... geez.

Do I retain any information I googled? Seriously... think about it. I can't remember any information I googled in the past week. When I started this article I couldn't even remember any questions. I had to look back at my phone to see my history. There is all kinds of research out there showing our brains are too distracted to "think deep." We go from one subject to the next status update to the next tweet and on and on. When do we really allow ourselves time to think? I realized all the great ideas I've ever had were while I was taking a shower or a bath.... which consequently is about the only time I don't have a device.

Is the answer I found through Google true? We've all heard people joke, "it has to be true, it was on the internet." We tease and yet I find myself believing what I read. I mean I don't guess I would stake my life on it, but I do accept most everything and move on (of course we now know I don't remember it for long anyway, ha!)

Could I think of a better solution than the Google answer? If I spent the same time thinking, being creative, that I do on Google,  could I come up with something new, a better way?

So next time you reach for a device to Google the thought that popped in your head, stop and ask yourself the above questions.... and remember... everything in moderation. :-)

"For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief." Ecc. 1:18

***(Google was used 11 times in the writing of this article.)

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