Like the television and telephone before it, I guess the Internet gives us feelings of love and loathing in away.
In my previous post I raised if Facebook and all other social media is making us anti- social. Say that Facebook does have an anti-social consequence does that mean Google is making us stupid and lazy? I mean are we using/promoting the internet as a learning tool or as a shortcut to information without work?
Perhaps the answer depends. Search engines can certainly help us find that needle in the haystack we are looking for.
For those of you who know me probably also know my age. I´m the one who was around when dial-up was first released and had a 9600-baud modem and upgrading to a 14.4k modem was super slick in those days. Wi-Fi?? Nope.
I´m the generation who chatted trough ICQ with my friends and entered different chat rooms and chatted with random people trough mIRC. Ohhh boy those were the cool days of my life. I think my first laptop weighed over 20lbs and was a screaming 286k processor running Windows. See, during my time there was no Google. Although we did have a search engine called AltaVista and I think it came around 1995 and then came the rise of Google and basically AltaVista started to fade away. There was certainly no such thing as e-How to show us the inner workings of how our carburetors work.
Google brings everything to your home, in your phone. You feel sick? Why call the doctor? Just Google your symptom/ symptoms. Why open a book and go through page to page when in a second Google can give you the answer?
Maybe we are one wired generation and in large, maybe we have gone lazy in this new modern society by knowing that we are only one click from whatever we are looking for, and that the information we want is always available no matter where and when!!
We might think it was all well and good, but maybe we are wrong, like dead wrong. You see I guess it all has to do with this cool thing we all have “our brain” and how our brains process information.. will laziness make our brains go slow by time? Will our kids and our kids, kids do math on paper — without hitting that handy button on your keyboard that pops up called calculator?
I´m wondering how the future looks like for book stores. The book industry is going through a lot of changes, influenced by trends like the transition from print to digital, I mean fair enough imagine all the trees that the future can save, but does that mean that the beauty of
holding a book will fade away? Mind you I really don´t think that we will get away from paper, I will have to admit that most everything of importance to me is inside the bowels of my computer. However, I still maintain a old fashioned Filofax containing addresses, phone numbers. I still use one of those expandable “desk file” that are numbered from 1 to 31 and 12 months to keep track of my appointments, and as for keeping track of birthdays, well I leave that one to Facebook, I mean I will have to live up to the modern society one way or another.
Maybe Google is like junk food. It indulges our need for speed and convenience and thus makes us fat and lazy. Like ice cream rather than spinach, therefore, maybe Google is bad for us!!
(I know I used a lot if “maybes”) Sorry