What if one day you typed in google.com in the search bar, and the words: “unable to connect to server” popped up on your screen. What would you do?
“I don’t know, I’ll Google it” is a phrase that I probably say every day. I can’t imagine a time when I didn’t have this search engine fired up and ready to go when there is ever something that I am unsure about. I have set Google as my home page every time I press safari or Internet Explorer. Google is my teacher, my parent, and my peer all in one: it provides 1,000,000 answers to a single question that I might have previously asked someone who may have the answer. I like to think that having this resource has fueled my desire for learning and my sense of curiosity, because I find myself eager to “google” any question I may have and find millions of answers waiting for me.
I shudder to think what would happen if we no longer had Google at my fingertips. Google has become such a necessary part of my daily life that living without it seems terrifying. Researching a topic for school would take days and not hours, finding the telephone number of a restaurant would require actually searching it in the yellow pages, and finding an address would mean searching through tons of paper maps. These tasks have all been taken care of for us, by the ever-reliable Google.
Furthermore, the company is unparalleled in that it also has Gmail, Google Earth, Google maps, Google calendar, and Google docs, all for free. It is not only a superior search engine, but it also connects many resources that we use on a daily basis, such as a calendar and email. With Gmail and Google Calendar, I can now invite someone from my calendar to an event, and they will be notified by email and by pop up from the calendar about the event. Therefore, Google not only is an incredible search engine, but it also saves time, money, and space.
Sometimes we use the convenience of Google for granted, and I think it is important to step back and realize how technology has become an integral part in our lives. Even for this post, I “googled” images and videos that I thought would be related to the issue. If Google suddenly disappeared, it would definitely be a rude awakening.