It's not hard to see that there are people addicted to Google -- in fact, my first blog's name was Google Addiction, and it didn't take long for it to take off. In fact, only three months passed before ZDNet snapped it up and named it "Googling Google".
Since then, this blog has become a lot more popular, and is now a source for interesting news on all things Google. It's clear to me -- we are addicted to Google, but is that a bad thing? More than ever, people are using Gmail to keep in touch with friends, cooking stuff with recipe's that were searched for, finding directions on Google Maps, checking out what movies are playing on Google Movies, and almost anything else you can think of.
It's amazing that you can learn anything with a quick Google search, remember anything you told Google at some point in the past, and do almost anything that used to require pen and paper using a combination of their other tools. In fact, you can make almost anything easier with Google. Really? Will it make climbing a mountain easier you might ask? Not physically, but you can figure out the best way up, calculate your oxygen needs, document your trek, publish pictures during the ascent, and then share what you have learned with others. If you set up some solar panels at the summit, you could probably even qualify for a Google Grant.
The tools Google gives us for free are making it easy -- perhaps too easy -- for us to bypass our own brains for things. We ourselves may become dummy terminals, where our brain is only responsible for subconscious tasks, short term memory and motor skills. Of course, I have no qualifications to know if there is even the possibility of this happening, but it may be an interesting research project for someone who does.
What do you think? Are our lives becoming too dependent on Google? Do we actually need to know or remember anything anymore, or is Google becoming our brain? Will using Google for an extended period of time physically alter the way we utilize our brain? If so, what happens if Google disappears?