DON'T Google It

This post comes as inspiration from my wife. Heather is one who uses her phone, but she does not allow her phone to use her. Recently, at a family function we were trying to think of who a certain actress was in a movie we watched. Within moments, everyone (including me) grabbed our phones. Heather then said, "DON'T Google It.” Immediately, I lost all interest on finding the name of the actress and realized I had a new blog post developing. I grabbed my notebook, which I carry with me at all times, and wrote down, DON’T Google It. As this conversation unfolded, so did my post. I pray and hope you enjoy this message and find the tips practical on why not to Google It.

The Challenge…

I want to inspire you to Love. Listen. Lead. To think differently. And lastly, to strongly consider the following:

  • What could happen if I accept this challenge?
  • What could it hurt? How could it help?
  • How could it affect your relationships?

Over the next three days, you have to reject the insatiable desire to grab your phone and Google It. During this 3-day challenge, if you find yourself struggling to find the answer, consider reflecting on which non-internet resources could aid you.

Here are two questions to get you started.

  1. How many feet are in a mile?

  2. What was Ron Howard’s first and last name on The Andy Griffith Show?

If you do not know these answers, there will be a desire to find them. Your mind will work, process, and think until it surfaces the answer, because you have the answer or know how to get it.

My challenge is for you to be creative in how you acquire the answer. Ask yourself, who do I know that might know this? How can I find the answer, outside of using the internet? Do I have a book with this knowledge? In this challenge you may use your phone for one thing, to call (or if necessary text) someone to get the answer. Be sure to tell your family and friends, Don’t Google It.

So, how did you do with the two questions? Have you already stopped reading and turned to Google, Bing, or Yahoo, or have you searched your books, phoned a friend, and asked around?  DON’T Google It!

Why Not Google?

Great question. Google is a search engine, I have a question, why wouldn’t I Google It? Because if you desire to Love. Listen. Lead. and grow, here are three reasons:

  • You Become More Resourceful

When you reject the desire to Google everything, you Re-Learn how to find information. For those reading this, remember land line phones and a world without computers, how did you get answers? We researched. We went to the library. We asked around. We made calls to our parents, grandparents, and friends. The pursuit led us to the answer and so much more.

  • You Become More Knowledgeable

Knowledge is defined as facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience. Yes, you can gain the knowledge of “how many feet are in a mile” by asking Google. You can also gain a lot more knowledge and much more by asking a friend, parent or grandparent. “Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein's reply was "I don't know; why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?” Now I know you are thinking, this quote implores me to Google It, so why not then…

  • You Become More Relational

The fact is when you don’t turn directly to Google, you create an opportunity to be a part of a community. For instance, I gave this challenge to my brother this week, he didn’t know the Andy Griffith answer. While he was thinking about it, a friend of his called. He asked his friend, whom also did not know the answer. Eager to find out the answer, he texted a second friend he had remembered had watched the show often. This second friend, he had not talked to since July of 2016, seven months ago. This activity led him to think about her as he knew that she would know the answer. They had a quick chat and he got the answer. It took 25 minutes to get the answer he was looking for, but in the process he was able to reconnect with a friend that he hadn’t crossed paths with in over half a year, all because he sat and thought about it and didn’t Google it.