Googling Everything


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If you are like me, and most other people our age, you Google everything you don't know.

I google words I don't know how to spell, symptoms, lyrics to a song I don't know the name of, people and events, quotes, etc. But what is constantly googling doing for me?

I would like to think that it is making me smarter because I am learning things and retaining them. Mostly because I google things I actually care to learn, for example I now know the difference between whose and who's. I know it isn't a big lesson, but I am 21 years old now and I should know this for when I am trying to write a paper.

Also, I think that because google has all the answers, you can search something and learn what you want to know because someone out there has written an article in a way it is easy for you to understand. I know if I look something up I usually click on the first hit, but if after reading it, I still have no clue what the answer is, I keep clicking on links until I find the right wording for me.

A study shows that "Focus and attention might be sacrificed because of all the distractions and hyperlinks, but they are being replaced by "fluid intelligence--the ability to find meaning in confusion and solve new problems...". I agree with the study because like I said before, googling has helped me learn things easier than I would have reading from a book that is written out in one way that I may not understand.

The only bad side to googling my every question is knowing if it is true or not. This study shows that "5 percent of teacher answered 'all or almost all'" information was accurate that students googled. That is pretty low and could indicate that some of the things on Google aren't all correct. I blame this on websites like Yahoo Answers. This is where people go to ask any question, which I don't see why they just don't google it, and get answers from anyone that sees them. Most of these answers are ridiculous answers mocking the stupidity of the questions. I don't really think that their answers are reliable because as this article reads, "several of the postings were misleading, confused, or just plain wrong." In case you have never read the stupidity of answers on their website? Here is a great example of some!

Anyway, I just wanted to share some information on why I find googling things effective. It helps me learn overall and if you know what you are doing, the likelihood of your googling being effective increases. Although, it did take me a while to finish this blog because as one of the study shows, it is very distracting and I ended up reading other things that didn't quite relate to my topic.

 

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First off, the examples were hilarious. Secondly, I completely agree that the Internet has its advantages and disadvantages. People need to know to go to the right websites for credibility. The study you provided was very small though and I was kind of confused on what your article was about. Whether it be the inaccuracy of the internet or how googling stuff effects the brain. I found it strange that in the study those who hadn't used google had brains that weren't as active even though they were getting answers to their questions.

Palmira,

I like that you brought up that is it hard to know if what you're reading on the internet from a google search is accurate. A major problem with this is Wikipedia. We've all heard from every teacher we've ever had that Wikipedia is not a credible source and not to site it as a source on a paper. I hear this all the time and yet when I am goggling something none school related (and sometimes school related) Wikipedia is the first thing I look for in the results and click on. I believe that we sometimes have too much blind faith in what we read on the internet and that can sometimes be dangerous. To learn exactly how wikipedia works check out this article and video http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-truth-according-to-wikipedia/

I found this blog post really interesting! But what it also made me think about was that you said, "If you are like me, and most other people our age, you Google everything you don't know". When I read that I thought about wow that's me but honestly that is not like a lot of my friends. It always bothers me that they ask me a question and if I don't know the answer they just shrug and move on. I end up googling their question because it bothers me!! So I wondered is it a certain kind of person who googles something? I found an article: http://www.curiousmind.com/curiosity_copy.htm (though I googled it so who knows if it 100% true)! It talked about State curiosity and Trait curiosity and how state is when you see something externally that you are interested in. The example they gave was how you see a computer and you play with it and research it because you were interested but if you never had been interested you would not have looked into it. Probably similar to how all of us write our blogs and comment on the blogs that we are interested in! Anyway they then talked about trait curiosity and how that is when someone is born with the curious mind. In my graphic design class we also spoke about what it takes to be a graphic designer it said a curious person. So relating back to your article perhaps not everyone googles stuff? That would be an interesting study to test people who are trait curious and people who are state curious and their google tendencies, though that would be an almost impossible thing to make a proper experiment for.

You know I was thinking about this again and another one of your comments had stuck with me, "This study shows that, "5 percent of teacher answered 'all or almost all'" information was accurate that students googled." and I wondered if this was just with google. See you pinpointed google in general and I thought about how in class we learned about 'fire drawer errors' and how that maybe if you looked at other sites such as bing or yahoo that they perhaps could make a different finding? Or does the fact that google is not the only thing people use play into the intelligence that they are getting?

Luckily I found an article on bing vs google vs yahoo! http://www.pcworld.com/article/165749/Game_On_Bing_vs_Google_vs_Yahoo_Feature_Smackdown.html

This article did mainly focus on was bing going to take down yahoo & google and less about the truth value comparison of the articles these sights put out. But if that is true then maybe we should worry more about Bing being better quality than google.

Zach, I can see where you got lost in my main point. I am not the best at making things clear or staying on topic, but my point was just how googling things affect us. It affects me in a good way because I learn things, and the second part of that was the risk I take when I google things because the things on there could be wrong. Hence the yahoo answers.

I don't even know where to start with the Wikipedia topic. Throughout high school, that was the number one banned website to visit for information, but then some professors in college now show us information that comes from it. I don't get it? This website talks about how some of the information can be dated or written by someone who doesn't have accurate information. So why don't they have restrictions on who can update the information or post it? That would make it a lot easier to rely on it haha!

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k70847&pageid=icb.page346376

I personally prefer Google because I have been using it for years now. Bing is too busy for me and I already have a hard time staying on topic when I am "researching" topics, but good point about the file drawer error. I guess I used google as a verb and generalized just searching questions on the web. Btw did you know Google used as a verb is a big no no?

http://news.cnet.com/Google-wants-people-to-stop-googling/2100-1030_3-6106479.html

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