I find myself committing less and less to memory. I feel that because I have google on my iphone, I can always just look things up when I need it. Though googling everything has become very convenient, I feel I am less willing to take chances on things. Resorting to “Let’s google this first” ever time I encounter something that needs to be done that is outside my normal activity. What to do when the drain is clogged? Where are the wings cheap tonight? Who is NPH?
I can see this becoming a problem in the long run. What if we all start googling everything before we do anything. Would this not take away the creativity or chances of making mistakes from our lives? To take this to the extreme, how are we ever going to come up with a new recipes for cooking if all we need to do is google for the answer?
I’m finding with so much content to consume, I’m resorting to reading only headlines or watching youtube videos. I don’t even play some games anymore as my attention span has gotten so sort, I would rather just go on youtube and look up lets play a game, the beginning bits and the final boss encounters. That way I get all the enjoyment story line without having to do the work. I mean who the heck has time to play “kingdom of amalur” when you can just watch it played for you and skip all the bs farming?
I feel the internet is ultimately good, as it allows ideas to be shared instantly. The only risk is would be if we become so dependent on it for general knowledge, we are reduced to banging rocks together when it is taken away suddenly. The other risk is it totally desensitizing us to real world experiences (like who the heck want to deal with travel when you can google maps everything).