What should I do with my life?
And i'm not the only one because there were plenty of results (3.27million) which signals demand. The irony is, that this actually has quite a bit to do with my thesis. We all have formed relationships with our computers not so much the keyboard and screen but the world inside that window. I recently read an article which I can not locate to reference correctly so you will just need to take my word for it. But it was about our relationship with computers. How they help us feel less lonely and more connected. But in reality are we not sitting alone in front of a screen? And all those people we are connecting to.. are they not just sitting alone infront of their screens? Or perhaps all the lonely people connected by the webernet cancels the loneliness?
Maybe social networking is about feeling connected on the lonernet but search engines are about answers. We no longer need to battle with that excruciating feeling where you cant remember the name of an actor in X film. "ill google it". Cafe, Malvern good reviews? What does frenulum mean? How much sugar is in ketchup? Will I die if I eat a bowl of melted Toblerone? These questions are data based or diet based. But are we turning to our computers for life answers? Or will we soon enough. Alain de Botton thinks so. And he has a pretty cool name. If we want life answers we do not look internally and ask ourselves but we type in a request for a search engine to serve up some medicine and that medicine is often from people who really should not have permission to access the medicine cupboard.
So the internet told me:
- to buy some books about finding my life purpose
- some ideas of how to find satisfying work
- how to let my subconscious guide my existence
- how to have better sex (not quite sure how this related but perhaps it is related to my Google search about frenulums).
- buy something from ASOS (remarketing).
It perhaps wasn't a very useful Google search. I am none the wiser with what i should do with my life. the lesson here is to be aware of the next time you think "ill google it". Or we may slide from data searching to the search for meaning. So I guess I am going to have to do it the hard way and ask myself and perhaps take an odyssey of self discovery where i sleep in hostels and take to unwashed hair. But first I am going to buy something from ASOS to see if that works.