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Johan Oakes

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Is the ease of retrieving information minimizing growth in our young population?

Back in the old days, technology didn't exist, apart from your light bulb and radio. Research was solely based on either asking a professional or going to the local library. Is the ease of retrieving information minimizing growth in our young population? Student do not really have to try anymore. Why take out a book and learn when you always have Google in your pocket? Does this hurt our youth?

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  • Dec 20 2011: Being 16, and a frequent user of technology to find answers, very often I find myself wondering how different my life would be if access to information was like it was in 'the old days'. And I often feel quite sad about the answer I come up with.

    I feel like now that answers are so readily and easily available, my generation aren't learning and growing as much as we potentially could be. Whenever I read a book from a library for some information, my eye is always catching some new information, something that I wouldn't have learnt if I had Googled the original question it. I think that's what the problem is these days with information retrieval. A search engine is able to give you pages specific to your question, that answer only that single question, while a book will tell you another 10 things on the same page the answer is written on.

    And as to asking experts, there is a reason they are experts. Online, you never know who is behind the text on your screen. But an expert is trained in their field, and are a lot more genuine.

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