Thank Goodness For Google

Redback Spider, Latrodectus hasselti

How in the world did we ever get along without Google?  I find myself Googling everything. When someone asks me a question I can’t answer, I Google it! If I am watching a movie and I can’t recall the name of the actor or actress, I Google it. Many times my memory may be failing me but sometimes it is because the actor has had so much “work” done that they are no longer recognizable. The same goes for music. If I am listening to a song and I can’t remember the lyrics or I can’t remember who sings it, Google it. What did we use before Google? Phone a friend?

Google is also helpful with homework. (Sometimes too helpful.) When my youngest son needed help with his homework and I had no idea what he was talking about, I Googled it. With my older children I had not heard of Google. When I couldn’t help them, (this started about third grade and no I am not smarter than a 5th grader.) I would say, “Have your dad help you, or call your grandparents. If they don’t know ask your aunt.” “Do you have anyone in your class that we can call that might be able to help us?”

I use Google at work as well. This is great for when people come in and ask, “What’s this plant?” or “Is this a weed?” If I don’t know the answer then I just put in a description and thousands of pictures come up. So I narrow it down and hopefully find a match.

As I was cleaning up at work one day I saw a weird looking spider. I Googled it and found that it was a Red Back Spider from Australia.  Australia?  Here in the US?  It must be. The internet is never wrong. (Well maybe it didn’t look exactly like that.)


6 thoughts on “Thank Goodness For Google

  1. When I was a kid, for my homework I used our set of Encyclopedia Britannica. I loved those books. Sometimes I would pull one out and sit down and read it like a novel. Of course in those days in my hometown, the only place to buy books was at the local drug store on one of those revolving racks. I was truly afraid I would one day run out of books to read. I must say though, that a phone with Google is much easier to carry around than an encyclopedia!

    1. I remember using Encyclopedias but I can’t recall if we owed a set or if we went to
      the library and used them. I know I loved going to the library. I loved to read in high
      school but didn’t really read much until you and Terry got me started again.

  2. I don’t think we owned encyclopedias. We did have some old books of mom’s from nursing school. They had interesting pictures.

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