Answer Best answer as chosen by user kmkper
'Googlization' has allowed people's knowledge to be "offlined", until needed to be brought "online".
Meaning: remembering facts, spelling, map directions, history, names, events, etc., etc. is something people are doing less and less. Since, at nearly a moment's noticed when instantly needed, it can be searched upon from nearly every type of device. So, yes, I contend Google is making people somewhat dumber.
Buuut, the real thing is that the Digital Natives (Millenials, Gen Y...) have little-to-no comparitative reference to the pre-Google era (ummm, a mere dozen-ish years ago...) like the Digital Immigrants (Greatest Generation, Boomers, Gen X) do. Young(er) folks don't know much of the 'analog' era before their digital internet-enabled environment today, when it took sufficient effort researching information for an answer.
Another curious unintended side-effect seems to be folks tend to turn to Google first, before each other. The age of The Sage has practically waned. It's almost 'less hassle' just to search Google, than to ask a real person (heck, whom you might have to have a brief conversation with...). And, people tend to quip and be flippant to others who ask questions now, retorting, "just Google it...". So, I think it's had some societal interpersonal implications as well.
That being said, I think the Digital Immigrants really appreciate the convenience, and breath, and usefulness that having a trove of infomation and utility that Google provides. We just have to hope people are able to still apply critical reasoning and thought to the deluge of information available to them... (Oh, and hope that Google—er, NSA, er, GCHQ, uh, Google—doesn't become [more] 'evil', as folks become increasing dependant upon it our digital lives...).
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