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Would life be happier without Google?

People had to get by without the search engine giant before it was launched in 1998. But is it possible to live your life — and do your job — without it these days?

By Tim Dowling  /  The Guardian

I am not nostalgic for an era of bank queues, closed shops and being lost. I am glad to be relieved of the obligation of social interaction just to access a bit of information, because people are not always helpful, patient or fun to talk to. But for all that Google has given us, we have paid a price: we’re well on our way to eliminating the element of surprise from our lives and, with it, joy.

I don’t think it is too late to reclaim some of our attention back. My brain responded pretty well to the time off. Even Carr is not wholly pessimistic about the future.

“I wouldn’t rule out the emergence of a counterculture that rejects digital media entirely — a kind of echo of the ‘back to nature’ movement of the 60s,” he wrote. “That may be wishful thinking on my part, but you never know.”

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