When we decide to search something on Google, are we really using are brains? That’s the real question. Is it really some type of monumental task or amazing accomplishment to suddenly pull up facts on Google that we may have not known, in hopes of garnering new information or impressing others? Are we the real heroes, or are we hiding behind Google?
In all honesty, I feel this way when I Google something. I’m always quick to jump onto my phone when someone has a question or when I want to know something. I’m even quicker to jump onto Google when I want to prove a point or prove myself right or someone else wrong. I’ll quickly search for what I am looking for and honestly get really excited when I turn out to be right. And, yes, of course, I get disappointed when Google proves me wrong about something, but I feel like part of me is still satisfied that I was able to get the information in the first place.
Googling something isn’t being smart though. Sure, I feel pretty smart discovering information on Google and using it, but that doesn’t mean I actually am. If anything, Google is really just an all-knowing entity and I’m just a person going to it time and time again to take its information from it. It’s not a difficult process by any means, even if I or anybody might feel some type of sense of accomplishment when we Google and receive satisfying results of information. Carr even says on page 173 of The Shallows that “in Google’s world, which is the world we enter when we go online, there’s little place for the pensive stillness of deep reading or fuzzy indirection of contemplation… The human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive – and better algorithms to steer the course of its thought.” This quote goes to further emphasize my point on the fact on one hand that, we as people, aren’t smart, but need Google to boost us in that way. The quote also points out something else, saying really that Googling, much like using the internet I general, doesn’t really give us the ability to be thoughtful, to contemplate. How could we, with that amount of information at our finger types. Like Carr tries to emphasize throughout his book, are brains and are thought process are really changed by the Internet.