What If There Was No Google?

What If There Was No Google?

 

There have been studies upon studies for years now depicting the negative side of the internet and how it significantly impacts cognition and brain processes.  But what if there was no google?  What if there was no internet at all?  In this day in age we are a society that completely relies on technology.  Sure, we could survive without search engines and go back to the days where students rely on camping out in the library to check out books instead of their eyes being glued to a computer screen.  But in my opinion, it would be a hell of a lot harder to write a twenty page research paper for my psychology class without being able to use search engines and use library databases online to access articles.

With all of this being said, I think it all depends on how you are using google or the internet in general.  With society’s pressures of going completely digital and relying on technology, it is easy to fall into the trap of the internet being the only source out there.  When in reality, actual paperback books hold the most reliable information.  It’s vital to learn how to find a balance between the two in order to achieve success.  If you find this balance it is completely possible to be technologically savvy as well as be a “child of the book.”  The people who are claiming that human experience is being compromised, and that their brain processes are being affected need to realize that if you are adult enough to be relying on the internet, you should also be able to be responsible for monitoring your internet usage and not relying so heavily on technology that it can disturb your brain processes.

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One thought on “What If There Was No Google?

  1. I completely agree with you here! It should not be encouraged for students, or learners, in general, to come upon the belief that Google is the only place with the answers. People should try to see Google as the host project for so much of the research and fieldwork that has been done in the past. A lot of the articles and excerpts that are offered through Google site hits were, at one point, written in a tangible book at some place in time. Google has done a fantastic job at bridging all these different types of temperaments and disciplines, but it should not be lauded as the only vessel through which information flows.

    Secondly, I think a lot of researchers for the traditionalist approach to learning see internet search engines has the anti-Christ of classic classroom procedure and this idea is simply not true. Education, as a whole, needs to stop making people feel guilty for using the computer. There is a lot of merit in being able to unearth and dissect articles with a well-trained eye. Learning evolves in many ways outside of the classroom and the high volume of Google use in academic settings shows us the students can find more creative ways to think and direct their learning.

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