“G” is for Google-me-smart

Google me high, Google me low

I store all my smarts on the net

billions of gigabytes not filled yet

I could take a look

at a book

but it’s way too slow

and stresses me so

I just can’t stray

from My google-a-day

So bring on the information glut

I admit I’m a google-slut

I google for fun, news, entertainment but most of all I Google for information:  How to properly floss, what’s a blobfish, why do I look older than I feel?   

I Goggled this research article which makes me wonder if all my Goggling is lowering my IQ . . .

". . .  Now she's really got something to be worried about . . . "
“. . . Now she’s really got something to be worried about . . . “

Searching on-line May Make You Think You are Smarter than You are

by PONCIE RUTSCH

“But at any moment you’re also just a few taps away from becoming an insufferable know-it-all. Searching for answers online gives people an inflated sense of their own knowledge, according to a study. It makes people think they know more than they actually do.”

“We think the information is leaking into our head, but really the information is stored somewhere else entirely,” Matthew Fisher, a doctoral student in cognitive psychology at Yale University, tells Shots.” “The more we rely on the Internet, Fisher says, the harder it will be to draw a line between where our knowledge ends and the web begins. And unlike poring through books or debating peers, asking the Internet is unique because it’s so effortless.”

“We are not forced to face our own ignorance and ask for help; we can just look up the answer immediately,” Fisher writes in an email. “We think these features make it more likely for people to consider knowledge stored online as their own.”

Read the entire article if you dare google this link! http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/02/396810355/searching-online-may-make-you-think-youre-smarter-than-you-are

15 thoughts on ““G” is for Google-me-smart

  1. How is looking for information through Google worse than looking for information in a library? Okay, so I don’t have to get in my car, drive to the library, park my car, go into the library, and then search for the book or books that I need. Google is way more convenient. So convenience is bad? Fisher sounds like an intellectual snob who hasn’t embraced 21st century technology.

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  2. It’s the people who WON’T Google that befuddle me. And I’m not alone. There’s a whole website set up for them. ICGTFY.com (I can Google That For you). Yeah, it happens.

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  3. I’ve been told that we are changing our brains by use of computers, including the Internet. I’m not sure I know the boundaries between desirable inventions and dangerous lack of imagination.

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    1. Sharon B-P,
      The desirable inventions were created by dangerous imagination. All the lack imaginations are probably using ICGTFY.com (I can Google That For you) that Jacqui mentioned in her comment.

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  4. What did we do before Google? I’m accessing it all the time, whenever anything comes up in conversation or on TV that I want a bit of extra information on. Although I must admit I have never before been curious about the blob fish – although I am now!

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    1. I actually saw this article the other day on one of my social media accounts. It brings up some interesting points. Either way, I still love google … especially when helping kids with homework. There are simply some things I just don’t know/remember.

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