Using Google Is Like Getting a Lobotomy


kid at computerI wish there was a study on how many Internet studies there have been. 'Cause it seems like a lot. The latest in "why the Internet is making you a really bad human" says that your memory is essentially atrophying because Google exists. In other words, why retain anything when you can just Google it?

We get it, scientists. The Internet sucks and we're all going to die mindless (real life), friendless, LOLing drones. But what about all the good stuff the Internet does?

As someone who would probably be unemployed if the Internet did not exist, I'll admit, I may be a scosh biased. But I really am getting sick and tired of all this nonsense on how the Internet is wrecking humanity. And aren't there more important things to be studying, Braniacs?

Like with all things in life, isn't the Internet what you make of it? If you make the decision to sit at home, perusing Facebook (while getting depressed because everybody's highlights reels seem so much better than the deep, dark, personal one you're comparing them to), then yeah, the Internet sucks. But if you make the decision to reconnect with old friends (you actually want to be in touch with), the Internet's a good thing.

Same goes for the "dumbing of humans" argument. If you're using the Internet to plagiarize your college essays, yes, it's a bad thing. If you're using the Internet strictly for the purpose of watching 227 reruns, again, bad. But if you're using it to learn about cool things that you otherwise wouldn't have learned about -- because it would have taken way too much effort to find out the old-fashioned way -- that's a good thing.

I've learned so much more through the Internet than I would have from newspapers and other "periodicals." Call me lazy, but the original way is far too much work for me. I wish I was the kind of person who would unwind at day's end with an encyclopedia or a history book, but I'm not. Truth be told, without the Internet, I'd probably just watch more TV. And that definitely would make me dumber (if you saw what I watch).

So, if Google zaps our memories a bit, I say who cares? Chances are, without it, we never would have known about the thing we were forgetting.

Do you use the Internet for good or evil?


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kelli... kelli0585

I think the Internet has made us a more knowledgeable society.  We have access to information at our fingertips.  It has allowed us to become more broad in our viewpoint by expanding our realm of sources.  We are a more informed people.

I guess a good "cafemom" example would be breastfeeding.  Many women look to the Internet for resources and support.  Without it, we'd basically have to rely on information from our formula-feeding mothers and formula-pushing pediatricians.  Especially if one lives in an area where breastfeeding isn't a normal occurance.

I fully embrace the good that the Internet has provided.  There is bad in everything.  Choose your battles.



sodapple sodapple

i think for both but mostly for good.

RanaA... RanaAurora

Honestly, I retain information by reading it, so the internet gives me WAAAAY more information to memorize. It's helped me really learn many more things than I would have had the ability to access otherwise. My only downfall is the inability to recall WHERE I read something so when I reference it, I can link to the source.

Memph... MemphisSuzi

Everything in moderation...The internet is amazing for a lot of things and in a lot of ways.  But when my teenage niece tells me she didnt actually read a book bc she can "google" it and find out all she needs for her report, or when people facebook each other rather than actually speak, or when people read blogs and boards and automatically assume they are receiving correct information and then run wild with it...the internet is not so great. And when a mom calls our office and says but I "googled" it and google says I should do xyz instead of what you said, its very frustrating.  So everything in moderation and balance.

Sherr... SherriPie

It's a double-edge sword.  There's a lot of great information otu there, but there's also a lot of misinformation out there as well.

MrsKi... MrsKillpeople

I personally think google is great! I live with a very intelligent husband, and although I'm no dummy, google has given me an edge when we have our conversations. I love being able to type something in and get an overload of knowledge!!! Netflix is also handy, I love watching documentaries, and part of me hopes that my kids retain some of the information being distrubted via the TV. We're nerds in my house, so although I'd like to think the net won't replace an old fashioned book, the advent of the Kindle and other devices make me think otherwise. I'm happy as long as my household is reading and learning. =)

momve... momversuswild

I think the ability to have nearly any information you need right at your fingertips can only enhance life, but hey, what do I know that I haven't googled.  rolling on floor

Janette Chaviano Alonso

I love google!!! Its almost a joke in our house and now with smart phones its even better. I have a "know it all" brother. When I tell you that very large fights have broken out because of course he is right and everyone else is wrong you could even imagine.

Now with google and phones he goes less on facts and more on opinion. I love proving him wrong in black and white. So whenever he starts on something some one usually tells him to google it.

fatca... fatcat0908

I think the internet is full of misinformation and is causing good intentioned people to make very poor choices with the best of intentions. Just on CafeMom alone I have seen such bad and potentially dangerous medical advise given, not to mention the thousands of other topics I have seen bad suggestions given to another mother. I know the posters don't mean harm or malice, but I fear at times that could be the outcome.

PoeDu... PoeDunkMae

The internet can be both informative and informative, you need to pick your sources carefully.  It can be a good thing and a bad thing.  It can be distracting too! However, I am glad that I have access to internet.  It has let me get in touch with a wonderful buch of people who also have a child fighting cancer.  There are VERY few (virtually no) kids with cancer where I live and so getting in touch with families from all over the world has been amazing and supportive.  Just use it in moderation, watch your sources, and don't forget that there are real books in the world too! LOL

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