Is it me...or has the internet made people lazier?

  1. Time and time again I see requests for links, addresses for web sites, and general information that is easily accessible by using a good search engine.
    Have we come to a point in the wired world that some now expect to be able to have someone else do the searching(work)for a particular subject. If ones time is so limited as to preclude the ability to do a decent search for their own information I say they may have a tiny problem with time management.
    If the person requesting information is on this board then they know how to use a computer. Part of the fun of searching for a particular item is the exploration of sites that a related, yet not quit what you are looking for. I have often found some of my best sites by accident while searching for something else.
    For those of you who do not know what a search engine is, here are two fairly good ones; www.google.com and www.mamma.com .
    That takes care of my rant of the day. If I have offended you, you must see yourself in this post.
    Asbestos on, flame away.
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    Haji

    We live in an age that if you order a pizza delivered to your house and call 911 for police assistance at the same time to report a life or death situation....my money is on the pizza arriving first! Learn to protect yourself, become a wolf among the sheep!

    [This message has been edited by haji (edited April 03, 2001).]

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  3. by   Chris-FNP
    I am not offended, but the fact that this bothers you is pretty weird. Not to mention the fact that if you used your head, you would realize that a lot of people happen to know of obscure sites that others either don't know of or the search engine does not have listed in the first 10,000 matches.

    The mere fact that you have an issue with this is bizarre, but, to each his own.

    -cb
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    well chris,
    It bothers me because I believe a person who is to lazy to research an answer to a question on their own will also attempt to find shortcuts in their professional behaviors.
    Maybe I am just getting to old, but I expect a person to earn respect through hard work and being someone who can be counted on to do their share when the SHTF. If they are always taking shortcuts and relying upon other people to find their answers for them, will they feel comfortable making a decision on their own?
    In a job where decision making is based on knowledge I am not comfortable working with these type of people. Especially when the decision may have life or death consequences.

    Just my 2 cents on why it bothers me. I am more than happy to point people in the right direction, but the journey to the conclusion is theirs.

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    Haji

    We live in an age that if you order a pizza delivered to your house and call 911 for police assistance at the same time to report a life or death situation....my money is on the pizza arriving first! Learn to protect yourself, become a wolf among the sheep!
  5. by   duckie
    I agree with Chris, asking for someone to share information on good websites they've found is no different than asking for a great recipe someone has. We may have the same recipe but perhaps an added ingredient made it extra special when someone else made it. I have shared many websites with my friends that perhaps were even looking for the same things I was but chose a different "key word" and came up with different pages. It's not called "lazy" it's called "using all available resources".
  6. by   Q.
    Originally posted by haji:
    well chris,
    It bothers me because I believe a person who is to lazy to research an answer to a question on their own will also attempt to find shortcuts in their professional behaviors.
    Maybe I am just getting to old, but I expect a person to earn respect through hard work and being someone who can be counted on to do their share when the SHTF. If they are always taking shortcuts and relying upon other people to find their answers for them, will they feel comfortable making a decision on their own?
    In a job where decision making is based on knowledge I am not comfortable working with these type of people. Especially when the decision may have life or death consequences.

    Just my 2 cents on why it bothers me. I am more than happy to point people in the right direction, but the journey to the conclusion is theirs.

    I think you're sort of jumping to conclusions about a person's professional behavior simply by them asking for good websites.
    I take their inquiries to mean that they are in search of knowledge - which is good no matter how you look at it.
  7. by   Chris-FNP
    Hey haji,

    Here is a thought...it probably takes more effort to actually post a question here and wait for replies than it does simply typing in a key word on a search engine. So your reasoning makes little sence.

    Ta da, light dawns on Marblehead!!!

    So, I guess I'm being "lazy" if I have a complex patient and I ask the Doc to give me some advice regarding the appropriate treatment. I probably should run to the back room, open up an advanced pathophysiology book, and spend an hour reading about a condition that has not presented itself in the clinic in awhile. Meanwhile, the whole office gets backed up with patients because I'm too "lazy" and have to ask someone a question.

    Hmmm, sounds a little foolish to me. This is what you implied, however.

    -cb
  8. by   Q.
    Originally posted by Chris-FNP:
    Hey haji,

    Here is a thought...it probably takes more effort to actually post a question here and wait for replies than it does simply typing in a key word on a search engine. So your reasoning makes little sence.

    Ta da, light dawns on Marblehead!!!

    So, I guess I'm being "lazy" if I have a complex patient and I ask the Doc to give me some advice regarding the appropriate treatment. I probably should run to the back room, open up an advanced pathophysiology book, and spend an hour reading about a condition that has not presented itself in the clinic in awhile. Meanwhile, the whole office gets backed up with patients because I'm too "lazy" and have to ask someone a question.

    Hmmm, sounds a little foolish to me. This is what you implied, however.

    -cb
    WOW... fiesty aren't we?? Good post, though!

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