Is Google making us stupid? Answer: Yes
Our generation is all about go, go, go. No time to wait for the answers we need. No time to find the page in a book. No time to wait for the webpage to load. Our lives are completely surrounded by technology — iPad’s, Smart Phones, and computers. And I will be the first person to say that when I need an answer, I go straight to Google. Whenever someone asks me a question, I quickly and robotically respond with, “ask Google.” Google has quickly become the hub for all one needs to know and it is the center of all of our worlds.
Nicholas Car writes all about technology and culture. Carr says that we sacrifice so much when we lean on technology and Google for the answers. And he is correct. We lose the concept of research, of reading to find an answer, of being engrossed in a topic and diving into bottomless knowledge. Before Internet and before Google or Wikipedia, if you needed answers, you went to the library. The library was the center of knowledge. Now, I am not sure if our generation knows how to use a library.
Yes, this is the way the world is now. And yes, times change. But how much change will we accept before we lose the sense of reading and searching for answers? We all need to take a step back and think about the way we gain answers to our questions.