Some people worry that Google and other immediate, accessible, Internet-based research tools will eventually make us lazy and, well, stupid. Think about it: if you have a question, can’t quite remember something, or just need to find more information, whatever you need is only a few clicks away.
According to a study from Pew Internet Research, Google will not make us stupid. The study polled 895 technology stakeholders and critics on a variety of topics, including whether or not we’re too dependent on the search engine. Most experts polled agreed that Google not only doesn’t hurt us, it makes us more creative and deepens connections with other people.
Another interesting fact from the article: opinions were split over whether anonymity on the Internet would be possible in ten years. Slightly more than half of those polled believed it would be possible, while 41 percent thought it would be “sharply curtailed.”