Don’t Google It

Are we becoming too reliant on computers and the internet and what is the point of having at our fingertips so much poor quality information?

“Oh just Google it.” is the all too familiar response when somebody is asked a question of moderate difficulty.

Well no, we shouldn’t just Google it’. A number of studies have shown that the internet’s way of putting quick, simple answers at our fingertips is changing human intelligence. As somebody better known than I but whose name escapes me for the moment said, “First we traded wisdom for knowledge, now we are trading knowledge for information”. The problem is that information supplied in quick snippets does not enrich because it doesn’t stick …

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