‘Just Google it!’ has become part of our slang. Millennials use this phrase often to describe learning. If you do not know something, Google has the answer. Google like Ask and Bing are search engines. They compile information on the internet and rank it in terms of quality to avail to you the answers to the questions you are asking. It can provide location and specialized information for academics, images, news only or even help you find the closest Chinese restaurant.
We have grown so accustomed to getting all our information online that we do not bother to think further than the information we receive. Yes, our attention to what we learn has come down to a bare minimum. The knowledge that everything you need to know about a specific subject matter is available at the touch of a button is both tempting and assumptive. Therefore, we heavily rely on the search engine company founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
We have the intermediary, short and long-term memory. The long-term takes time to set in the mind and is solidified during sleep. It is practically limitless and, in this capacity, human beings cannot be narrowed down to only what we see or read in some moment’s notice because the brain has confounding capabilities. Short-term memory is used to store fewer memories from 5-9 items at a time for a brief period and then they are forgotten. To be revised. Intermediate memory is used when learning new things like tricks songs and the likes; and while its possible to improve the memory through practice. The development of the brain functionality also varies for individuals for memory retention.
All said, there are some things we cannot change about ourselves, but improving memory can be done through practice and ultimately doing productive things. I do not believe participating on a search engine makes us less attentive, on the contrary, we are so prone to consuming knowledge that we know retain facts faster as we try to cram or state information based on memory recall from a screenshot or a google search. We are actually more critical of information that does not sound right and quick to support our arguments or confirm our thoughts or affirm our statements by using the internet to seal what we already know or inform us of what we do not know.
More than that search engines such as Google offer online classrooms for students and teachers to engage and learn together for further consultation after school, or to enable those extra projects for inquisitive minds. Microsoft also has a virtual academy that promotes learning of computer and digital skills that will fortify the learner’s future with a marketable skillset meant to support themselves and their communities. These companies go so far as to offer free customized online learning aside from the usual word search. Today, there is an overload of information online and people are only getting smarter and more curious with so much knowledge being offered.