This is what the dictionary has to say about the word ‘Addiction’: “The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” Isn’t that what’s happening to us? Doesn’t that perfectly describe our dependency on Google? In fact a recent survey conducted in 128 American colleges concluded that 72% of people between the age of 18 and 26 would rather give up their morning cup of coffee than give up using the search engine. That’s an alarming statistic considering our obsession with the dark beverage.
But matters get worse. If you open up the newspaper and read the last few stories, this is what you’ll find. “Disappearing tycoon Souter blames Google.” “Zlio blames Google’s algorithms for its demise.” “Nicaragua Blames Google Maps for Accidental Invasion of Costa Rica.” “Microsoft Blames Google for the Suckiness of the YouTube App on Windows Phone 7.” “Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest”. So first we’ve got people blaming Google. Then came Microsoft. And now we have entire countries blaming Google. Doesn’t that make you sick? Fancy that – a country blaming Google. I bet Larry didn’t think of that when he started the whole thing.
As a society, we’ve always loved to play the blame game. Pointing fingers at friends and family is a regular affair. Holding the government responsible is in vogue too. But a search engine…? Isn’t that going a bit too far? I mean, give it a break! A website that gets over two billion hits a day can’t be all that evil. Or can it?
But the same deal goes for just about every other popular website too. Half the planet is spewing venom at Facebook for being an open book, a catalyst of security breaches. But sometimes we forget… “WHO PUT THE STUFF UP THERE?”
In any case, don’t get carried away. The point is, stop pointing fingers. No one’s responsible for your security (or lack of it) except you. The best way to protect yourself is by practicing safe online habits.