Thursday, January 31, 2013

College Blog: A Google obsession

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM

If you have never heard or said, "Google it," I would probably accuse you of being a liar.

Roughly 15 years since its founding in September of 1998, Google has become a household word. Everyone knows about Google, and it would not be a long shot to say that everyone I know has used Google. Since 2006, the word "Google" has even been in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

How did I know that? I Googled it.

For students at every level, as well as in the workplace, Google is a useful tool. But are we too dependent on it?

At the Rochester Institute of Technology, students believe that Google, when used properly, can be extremely effective. Nevertheless, has it made us think that we are smarter than we are? Are we taking advantage of not needing as much knowledge?

Luke Solomon, a third-year management information systems major at RIT, doesn't think Google has made us any less smart. Rather, it gives people a good means of figuring out common information.

"It allows us to forget trivial information such as 'that actress in 'Titanic'' because we can find it out in a heartbeat," Solomon says. "But it also lets us be smarter because you can learn everything -- from how to change a tire to how to survive a job interview -- immediately."

I will admit that I am a frequent Googler. I personally don't think that it's because I am not knowledgeable. But Google lets us consume infinite amounts of information. In an article that asserts that Google makes us smarter, it explained that by 2020, humans will be more intelligent by using the World Wide Web and Google, since we will have unlimited access to information.

There is a part of me that would love to believe that article. But by 2020, I will be 28 years old, hopefully engulfed in a full-time career with a young family, and viewed by others as an intelligent woman. Will I still be constantly turning to Google?

As much as people may have odd Google searches, Google can be helpful with anything. Nevertheless, it has created an easy way out for people. We don't have to remember as much because with a click on our computer or smart phone, the answers will magically appear.

Kourtney Kunichika, a motion-picture science major at RIT, said Google can definitely make us smarter, and is a necessary tool for college students.

"As much as we may not pay as much attention in class because of the Web, we can do extra research outside of class," Kunichika says. "I can find anything I need on Google, especially when it comes to difficult school work."

At this point, I am a firm believer in Google. I will admit, though, that I am nervous as to how this generation's intelligence will be perceived.

But I do know "that girl in 'Titanic'" is Kate Winslet. Did you have to Google that?

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