I know that I am a member of the “The Google Generation.” We go to Google as our first resort.
Three quick anecdotes:
1. Google mobile: last week, I got my car stuck in the snow. I couldn’t find the button for the hazard lights (it was like five-something in the morning, so I will excuse my stupidity that way). I had my BlackBerry in my pocket, and my first thought was the Google search app with my 3G connection. I Googled “hazard lights 2005 ford focus” (to no avail). THEN, I realized my print owner’s manual was in the glove compartment (where I found the answer to my question).
2. This morning I was thinking about a theological point and my immediate impulse was to Google my question. THEN, I realized that I have detailed notes from a Systematic Theology class on that very topic on my computer.
3. Last week I was wanting some information on tax-related issues for ministers. Of course, I Googled it. Then, last night, I found a comprehensive packet on such issues that I got during seminary graduation.
There are, I think, two lessons:
1. We go to Google first.
2. Google is my first resort, but it is not alway the best resort. I (we) need to be reminded that though our internet searches may be quickest way to find our answers, it may not be the best way.