Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Google = Your Friend

Sometimes I have a moment when I think back on my life and wonder how I ever lived without the internet. Yes, I do have an unhealthy obsession with the internet, but that is not exactly what I am talking about.

When I was in elementary school, junior high and even partly into high school and I wanted to know about something a big ordeal was ahead. A day spent at the library, searching through books and periodicals. Now I can find the answer to pretty much any question within a minute or less. You do not have to spend tons of time before a road trip mapping out your route, many websites will do it for you in a matter of seconds. Anything you want to know about any film, TV show or album ever in existence is somewhere in the wide array of the online community.

There are still those who do not fully appreciate this astonishing gift we have at our fingertips. Mainly it involves a lot of our parents and grandparents who call with questions that could be easily answered with a quick trip to Google. For example, my sister called me yesterday to ask me what the next door neighbor's name is in Toy Story. Having not seen this in years, I did not know the answer, but it is easily attainable. I asked my sister if she was at work/school and she was, with a computer in the room. Hopefully she looked it up. You could go to IMDb, type in Toy Story and look down the cast list to see if a name jumps out; or you could Google "next door neighbor toy story" and the first two entries answer the question without having to even click the link. Hopefully she did this, I'll have to follow up with her.

As technology gets more and more insane, with all that cell phones can do now, hopefully more of the computer inept will become enlightened and make use of this priceless tool. If not, I can still look smart to my parents when I look something up fast while on the phone. Thank you interwebs!


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