Life without Google

Making plans in a group chat like – @tbhjuststop

You would assume with all the information we have access to at our fingertips, planning a simple meal out with 6 would take, at most, a few minutes. You’d be wrong. With practically unlimited choices – but then factoring in the various limitations: cuisine, location, price range and the added requirement of halal – you end up with hundreds of Whatsapp notifications, frustrating searches through blogs, reviews and Instagram, and waiting for that one person who just goes MIA in the middle of a very important decision making process.

Do you go for somewhere local because you just know you’ll feel lazy? Do you go for somewhere safe and trustworthy but boring or try somewhere new and exciting but risky? Burgers or curry? Can we all afford a treat?

We did get there in the end and I am looking forward to finally catching up with my oldest friend group for lunch. No doubt we’ll have a great time irregardless of the food – but when you’re spending money, you may as well spend it well. 

This reminds me of post Internet Denies Mystery I recently came across, about how technology has developed the way we behave, specifically focusing on dating. But taking it a step further, it’s even effected our choices for a simple meal out. No longer would we just arrive at an area and look around to find a place to eat. Plans are made beforehand, having followed a full background check: menu, reviews and pictures. Even when I am at a new area, for another purpose, I can quickly Google the local options.

Now don’t get me wrong, of course when I’m in a certain area and walk past a place that catches my attention, I do go in. I miss the days when all my meals out were based on how the shop looked from the outside or word of mouth recommendations. I didn’t have a map on my phone to search up a place that would meet my requirements. I would have to take a leap of faith, and more often than not, my intuition would play out well.

How I feel just before I need to start getting ready to go out. Source

There are, of course, many benefits to this new way – otherwise we wouldn’t do it. We like to reduce risk of bad experiences – risks that can lead to a waste of time, effort or money.
But I can’t help wondering which delights I am missing as I search for ‘best burger places in London’.

And that got me wondering about life without Google. The way I did my degree, the way I write this blog, the way I book my holidays, the way I learn new hobbies, the way I problem solve, the way I find out what diseases I’ve contracted – all would have to change. I wonder if it’s a step too far to say my life decisions are decided by Google? But that’s certainly what it feels like!

When any problem comes along – “Google it.” Source

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6 thoughts on “Life without Google

  1. How you choose your doctor? How you decide which plant you must grow in your six new pots? Small and big, all decisions have a bit of Google in them. While it does cause an information overload at times, I still feel that it’s a good thing. If you are smart, Google actually helps you make the right choices.

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  2. I so agree with you regarding how Google and other internet spots have changed our behavior. Good or bad, depends on the situation, as you pointed out. I think I much preferred the old way of choosing a place to eat based on how it looked. I miss the adventures that resulted! My best friend and I have had many “ventures”, as we call them, just winging it. If I succumb to all the regimentation I may miss out on a wonderful discovery. Thanks for your very thought provoking post on this subject! Love your blog and will be following.

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  3. I’m glad my post provoked you to expand the dialogue on this topic! I also feel like Google overshadows most of our social gatherings with other people, sometimes taking away the discovery and mystery of these events.

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