There is more to life than convenience and quick answers. Sometimes the slow route to knowledge is more interesting. We hardly ever ask strangers the way anymore, reducing our opportunity for chance encounters with people.
Yet Google would have us believe—with its heart-warming television commercials—that the world is just a click away. And every answer to every question, too.
Google is indeed a great service. Thanks to the search engine, I was able to consolidate my vacation time by spending it exactly as I wanted to. With a quick search, we were able to find restaurants, parks, and even a massage place in just a few minutes. With the help of our iPhone navigation system we quickly found what we were looking for. It saved us time and gas trying to find these places.
But technology is not infallible. Even our GPS wasn't aware of changes in the road system. Sometimes we had to take a right instead of following the insistent voice of our device that we should turn left.
Nobody's perfect. Not even Siri.
Google has set a new pace to modern life. We now expect to know virtually everything. We can Google-sleuth to find information based on even tiny bits of information—online reviews tell us whether that movie or doctor's office is worth a visit. And we tend to believe total strangers' opinions rather than trying things out for ourselves. Google has shaped our world in ways we have yet to realize.