My mom might have coddled me, but Google keeps me grounded

23Nov08

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I’m always annoyed when people, writers and “analysts” [qualified or average joe with a book deal and blogging platform] talk about how coddled my generation is. Yes, we got blue ribbons for “most effort” even if we came in last in a game, yes, my mom even saved that ribbon in a scrapbook (and rightly so, I earned it!) and yes, we had teachers who put us in gifted and talented class for knowing how to properly write a solid book report in second grade. But seriously, chill out and stop criticizing us for collectively having cool parents and teachers:)

And one thing’s for sure- we may have been coddled when we were growing up (I’ll give you that, if that’s what you’re hung up on), but as newly minted young adults we have an important force in our lives that always keeps us grounded: Google. 

It’s hard to maintain the illusion that you’re particularly special, talented and original when, with a quick Google of whatever genius idea you’ve come up with, you see that 3 billion people have already thought that, done that, analyzed that, criticized that, indexed the history of that in Wikipedia and made a fortune on that… in 1995.

Google’s willing to tell me what my mom wouldn’t or didn’t know to break to me. 

So now, to really live up to our parents’ and teachers’ praise, we have to work a lot harder, be a lot smarter and know that we’re competing with all of those other 3 billion people who think like us and have already started to act on the kind of ideas and “talent” we have. 

And yeah, that’s my mom in the photo and she’s the nicest mom in the world-way nicer than Google by far.

-Amanda Mooney

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6 Responses to “My mom might have coddled me, but Google keeps me grounded”

  1. Amen to all of it. Nicely said, Amanda M.

  2. Well said! Hell, outside of our parents house and the schools, we’re very much grounded individuals. However, we’re well aware of what we’re capable of & I think some people simply envy that confidence *humph*

  3. Unfortunately, Google won’t tell you how bad a singer you are. I guess that job still falls to Simon Cowell.

  4. Similar inputs through similar individuals provide similar outputs, so it is not surprising that concepts are invented simultaneously and reinvented all the time. I don’t feel belittled by finding out that I’m not unique – on the contrary : I feel empowered by finding that I’m not isolated anymore. I remember lounging in libraries in my youth, reading esoteric technical books chosen at random. I often resented not being able to share that with people who have similar interests. Now we can find each other easily and all be surfing together at the wavefront. Childhood dreams came true – life is good !


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