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Hard work, effort delivers knowledge

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 15:02

Though the Internet, people are bombarded with a myriad of ads and are given quick results to their inquiries.

Easily able to obtain information through a smartphone, the Internet is at the users’ disposal and ultimately can cause their demise. Because of its availability, people would rather memorize the way to access information rather than remembering the actual material.

According to the study “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” results showed the participants were more likely to remember information if they thought they weren’t able to find it later.

Under the same study, participants were to memorize trivia statements about flags.

In addition to the information, they were to memorize the computer folder in which they were saved. Most of the individuals were better at remembering the folder.

Instead of pulling out a book to learn the capital of Uganda, a person can simply Google the information through the Internet on their smartphone or computer.

With even the simplest things, instead of actually thinking about the date of a birthday,  people are more inclined to log onto Facebook to find out. People depend on technology for simple word definitions too.

In my own case, I have struggled for years to memorize the definition of the word “poignant.”   The term “poignant” and I quickly became acquaintances as the word became recognizable with each time we met — whether through an online article or a person saying it on television.  
By using Google as my aide to understand what “poignant” meant, I was motivated to write its definition into my memory book.

Yet, sadly the next time we met, my brain could not recall what it meant.  
Through context clues, I assumed “poignant” was a synonym for “serious.” To make sure I was right, I again returned to my search engine companion to help me. I was wrong.

With each encounter came another reminder of my unsuccessful attempt at remembering its description.

Coming across the word “poignant” again, instead of using the Internet, I changed my form of effort. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “poignant” as something that “painfully affects a person’s feelings.”

As I flipped through the pages for the definition of just one word, the experience was more gratifying than my prior endeavors.  
As the Internet makes individuals more lazy and superficial with their endeavors, they forget the benefits of labor and exerting as much effort as possible.

Physical labor might require some costly effort, but through our experiences, people earn the ability to remember what’s right and what’s wrong. Investing a lot of time by reading and listening to a teacher’s boring lecture, a person can be able to identify the height of a giraffe and the shape of an apple.

Putting in some work to achieve something will build not only knowledge, but also character. That one experience may prevail in the years to come in accomplishing a dream.

Even Doc Brown from “Back to The Future” had to suffer a bit by being electrocuted and hung off a two-story clock tower before he was able to make his time-travelling DeLorean work.

If you have never heard of “Back to The Future,” try not to use the Internet for information. Go out and actually watch the movie. Whatever you may get from it, it will still be an experience nonetheless and you’ll remember it.


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