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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Does Google's Brain Make Us Dumber?

Yesterday, Google announced it would be taking more steps to curb misspellings by introducing some changes into its search engine. Helpful changes include updates to Google Suggest — the drop-down list of words that appears when you begin to type a search term — making it specific to your region and the ability to correct name misspellings in searches, even if the person you're searching for isn't famous. (Take note, e-stalkers.)

But now that Google can correct just about every misspelling, I predict a lot of lazy searchers who don't bother to check the proper spelling of a term before searching. I'm guilty of this already, and couple Google's smarts with spell check in Firefox and I probably misspell more words than I spell correctly. However helpful, there's a downside. Namely: laziness and/or apathy. My spelling has definitely deteriorated over the years, and I haven't really made an effort to fix it. What do you think?

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socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
It's not just Google's spellchecker, it is all spellcheckers that are making us lazy.
Spideyj Spideyj 7 years
My browser checks my spelling for me and so can other people's - if they choose to ignore it, then that's lazy.
Elfyn Elfyn 7 years
My spelling isn't the problem, my typing is. I've always been a pretty good speller, but a terrible typist so I always use spell checkers to make sure I haven't transposed letters.
megan921 megan921 7 years
How is this any different than a spell check in Microsoft Word or your email (or the pink "check spelling" link at the bottom of where I'm typing this post)? Doesn't seem like a big deal to me.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
so if google didn't check your spelling, you would what, look it up in a dictionary?
megank1991 megank1991 7 years
Google is just a tool. If anyone gets dumb, it is their own fault, not Google's.
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