Why you have no excuse for being stupid in the Information Age

Two words: search engines.

You know what they are – sites like Google and Bing. Hell, even Yahoo has a search engine. You go to one of these websites, type your keywords into the search bar and press enter. Sounds easy, right?

Well, apparently not.

They always tell you there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but I see them daily in my Facebook newsfeed. And, in the Information Age, my Facebook friends have no excuses.

“HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF GOOGLE?” is a phrase I frequently find myself wanting to shout at the stupidity, but for some reason I don’t.

If you don’t know how to spell something then Google it. Even if you type it incorrectly into the search bar it will find suggestions for what you’re looking for.

If you don’t know how to properly chop vegetables, then Google that, too. It’ll even pull up instructional videos on YouTube for you.

In fact, anytime you want to learn how to do something by watching somebody else do it, then skip Google and go straight to YouTube. There’s a search bar there, too. I’ve learned all kinds of things on YouTube, ranging from yoga to how to interview for a job to how to clean your dishwasher. Google taught me how to mail a letter, and reminded me how to properly write a check, neither of which are complicated tasks, but it’s nice to get a reminder when you haven’t done something in a while.

You can even go to a search engine and type in the question you have as a question. For example, when I wanted to learn how to clean my dishwasher, I typed in “how to clean a dishwasher.” It’s so simple, even a monkey could do it.

But, as I said before, it’s apparently not so simple for some people. I watched a video recently in which random people were asked general questions, just to test the knowledge of the public. They were all pretty basic. But the one that sticks out in my mind is the man that was asked to locate Korea on a map.

He placed the pin on Australia.

korea_australia

Seriously? That’s BASIC level geography!

He probably could’ve pulled out his cell phone and looked up a world map right then and there. And it would’ve been quick and easy… Although, it might’ve been cheating.

Oh well. It’s still incredibly stupid not to use a search engine when you don’t know something. If you didn’t learn it in school or from your parents and you need to know, use Google or YouTube and learn it.

Even if you don’t want to go to the site yourself you can ask Siri (or ask Google if you don’t have an iPhone) and s/he will look it up for you.

It’s really not that hard.

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