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Has Google Replaced Our Grandparents?

​I was up later than usual the other night and I happened to turn the Tonight Show on. Jay Leno was interviewing Cameron Diaz and asked her about her upcoming 40th birthday. Cameron said she was actually excited for it because she actually enjoys getting older and looks forward to the wisdom that comes with age. Then she said something that intrigued me.

I was up later than usual the other night and I happened to turn the Tonight Show on. Jay Leno was interviewing Cameron Diaz and asked her about her upcoming 40th birthday. Cameron said she was actually excited for it because she actually enjoys getting older and looks forward to the wisdom that comes with age. Then she said something that intrigued me.

She said that we don’t embrace our older generation and that in a sense we have replaced them with Google. Now, I agree and disagree with her. I do agree that the younger generations don’t go to their grandparents often enough to ask about the past or to get some meaningful advice. However, I don’t think that people need to ask their grandparents about what the best collection agency or the worst collection agency is to use. That is clearly information that would be smarter to Google.

I’ll be the first one to admit that I have never actually sat down and voluntarily asked to hear about my grandparents’ childhood or what the world was like when they were growing up. It really is something that I wish I did more because Google can tell me facts and figures, but a personal account is much more valuable.

As I think more about it though, the older generations are even stepping to the side a bit. They’re becoming just as submerged and accepting of technology as the rest of us. I work at a library with a few older women and in a conversation one day I overheard one say to another that she caught herself being more interested in texting while her grandkids were talking to her, instead of listening to them. Another said one of her grandchildren needed help on a project for school and she helped them Google the information.

Perhaps we can start to make an effort to combine the G’s, Google and Grandparents. We can find our information from the Internet, but still discuss it with the older generations to get a real life account. This would make that information, and our relationships, that much stronger.

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