Who had ever imagined that a search engine would become so famous that its name would be used even as a noun and a verb? This is exactly the position that Google is in right now. Google has successfully influenced us so much that we do not search things on the Internet anymore, we ‘Google’ them.
|Benefits of Googlization||Drawbacks of Googlization|
|Easy To Search||Willing To Tell Everything To Google|
|Supplies All The Information One May Need||Increased Dependency On Google|
|Learning Is Easier||Letting Google Take Over Our Own Selves|
|Learning Without Discrimination||Replaced Real Life InteractionTrusting Google Blindly|
|Saves A Lot Of Time|
|Google Takes Care Of Our Emergencies||Selling Information|
|Connecting Us To The Rest Of The World|
|Showing Us The Way, Literally|
|No Dearth Of Entertainment|
|Everything Comes For Free|
In the era where life is dysfunctional without the Internet, Google makes our life even easier. It has answers to our most random questions as well as to queries about grave topics. It plays the role of our friend, teacher, entertainer and many more.
Advantages OF GOOGLIZATION
- EASY TO SEARCH
Internet existed even before Google did. But the problem with using Internet then was that one had to know the proper web address of something in order to access it. Google comes into the scene at this point, organizes the information and presents it to the consumer.
- SUPPLIES ALL THE INFORMATION ONE MAY NEED
Be it the answer to a petty question or information for a major school or college project based on intrinsic research, Google is bound to come handy and provide all the important information one may need arranged in a working order.
- LEARNING IS EASIER
Now, to learn anything, one just needs to gather enough willpower, time and dedication. The rest of the learning process is just a mere click away. Google has made it possible to have free lessons for almost everything in both in video format and text format.
- LEARNING WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION
Google has been successful in shrinking boundaries. Anyone can learn anything from the comfort of their own come without being judged. An aged person can start learning a new skill from Google- something that would not have been very convenient if the person had to go to actual classes.
- SAVES A LOT OF TIME
Time is something that we can never have enough. Google, with its efficiency, saves us a lot of time and trouble which we would have to spend making a few more calls or contacts just for the sake of rummaging for reliable information.
- GOOGLE TAKES CARE OF OUR EMERGENCIES
Times such as the midnight when even our most trusted real-life contacts would be deep in their sleep, google would accompany us. We might need to do anything from calling an ambulance to booking a cab to be at a place of urgency, Google is going to help in the matter.
- CONNECTING US TO THE REST OF THE WORLD
Because of Google, we now can put up our opinion on a platform for the world to see and can also easily incorporate others ideas in our works. So many college applications across the world would not have been possible without Google.
- SHOWING US THE WAY, LITERALLY
Google maps have replaced those heavy humungous maps that one had to carry for road trips or treks earlier. Travelling by oneself has been made hassle free by Google maps. Settling in a new city and going about one’s own way is not as much a task as it used to be.
- NO DEARTH OF ENTERTAINMENT
Entertaining content is so ubiquitous and widespread that we barely have the time to consume as much content as we would like to. From our favourite reads to entertaining videos to highly engaging games, Google takes care of everything.
- EVERYTHING COMES FOR FREE
The main reason for the widespread popularity of Google in every nook and corner of the world is that it comes for free. Google has not just made everything easier, it has made a lot of services available to us for free.
Disadvantages OF GOOGLIZATION
- WILLING TO TELL EVERYTHING TO GOOGLE
Because Google makes it so easy for us to seek information, we voluntarily give away information about our own selves. Every search gives Google information about us directly or indirectly. This willingness to share comes from our ignorance of how the search engine works.
- INCREASED DEPENDENCY ON GOOGLE
Google has provided such excellent service over time and made the population so dependent on it that we are almost dysfunctional without Google. We barely take things into our own hand and rather leave Google to take notes and set reminders as and when needed.
- LETTING GOOGLE TAKE OVER OUR OWN SELVES
Googlization might apparently seem to be a boon but it has made our brain a secondary organ. Information is readily available at a click and hence we do not take in upon ourselves to keep it in mind and merely rely on Google.
- REPLACED REAL LIFE INTERACTION
People consider it a blessing to be well connected to friends and family members living across the world and thank Google for it but we fail to notice the vice that hides inside and is bound to affect the society at large- Googlization has reduced and almost replaced real life interactions, which might cause degradation of mental health.
- TRUSTING GOOGLE BLINDLY
Our trust on Google is such that we mostly do not click past the first few search results or take trouble to verify the information provided. Our knowledge remains extremely influenced by Google because it is what decides what the top few search results should be.
- TAILORED INFORMATION
The ranking of Google’s search results is very much a working of the algorithm and is biased and filtered with respect to our previous search results which might have expressed our prejudices, habits and intentions. Thus, the ranking of search result that we get to see is exclusive and tailored according to our liking.
- SELLING INFORMATION
Google sure looks like something free and thus, charitable but it’s definitely not so. It saves information that we give away while searching and sell it to companies so that the advertisement for the exact thing that we need pops up and connects us to the seller.
The main issues with googlization are privacy and our extreme dependency on it. If we use this freedom of information to our benefit instead of abusing it, it is sure to yield more advantage than disadvantage.