Is Google making us stupid and lazy?

With the advent of the smartphone humanity became connected in ways completely unimaginable in the past.

It takes no more than a few seconds to convey a message to someone thousands of miles away, and depending on your internet speeds, just a matter of seconds to find out the answer to nearly any question you can think of, wherever and whenever you please.

But doesn’t this scenario pose a problem further down the line?

Instead of digging deep in the recesses of our minds for answers, we dig in our pockets for our phones. We spend more time trawling through search results than we do applying our brilliant minds to the problems we face.

We don’t need to think outside of the box because there’s an app for that.

But what does this lack of critical thinking mean for our businesses if we have no choice but to employ millennial, smartphones in hand?

What can we expect from these employees when they have limited resources and Google can’t solve their problems? What happens when we need them to think for themselves?

Finding balance…

Our ease of accessing information makes many tasks far easier and speedier than they were before the coming of Google.

We can’t deny that the immediacy of the internet is a huge benefit to businesses and organisations and that the potential it brings is nothing to be scoffed at or ignored.

What we as leaders need to do is encourage the use of Google and the like as a means of sourcing data to facilitate critical thinking – not allow the one to replace the other.

Tools like Google should be seen and used as just that: tools. We can use them to make our jobs easier, or to help us be more productive, but they should never become a replacement for good old fashioned thinking.

Do you think the use of Google has hampered critical thinking in your organisation? Do employees really let Google do the thinking for them, or does Google simply make critical thinking easier?

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