"Look it up on Line"..... the answer to everything?

@missybear (11395)
United States
March 26, 2011 7:12am CST
That seems to be the thing nowadays....everything we need to know we can look up on line. It seems like less and less people read books or watch educational programs anymore cause they just go on line and look up what they need to know. What about a more serious concern like when you don't feel good.....do you go on line and check your symptoms and just leave it at that. I think that's a little dangerous and I would rather have a doctor diagnose my illness than a computer. Do you look everything up on line or do you still do some things the old fashioned way?
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
30 Mar 11
I look up nearly everything online. Sometimes i don't think of it straight away but the idea eventually comes to me. I'm teaching myself Microsoft Excel at the moment through a free online tutorial. As for health issues, I think it's really important for us to be primarily responsible for ourselves. I look up any and all my symptoms. I look up any medications my doctor prescribes. I try to learn as much as I can so when I go to the doctors I have some idea what to tell him about my symptoms and what he is talking about.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
30 Mar 11
sometimes I ask my honey things and he tells me "Just look it up on line", I don't always think about it, I'm still kinda new to all the computer stuff
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Hey missy! I'm afraid to say that I do look up just about anything and everything! And yes, even if it is an ailment that I have a question about I will look it up and then discuss it with the doctor. I was diagnosed with something that I needed to check out some information on before I contacted my docs and all it did was make me call them sooner and scare the crap out of me! It happens to be something very serious that could be cancerous and I have to wait another month to go back to the doctor to have it checked out. I am waiting for my lousy Insurance to change so that if it is, God forbid serious, I will be covered. Isn't that wonderful? That is how it is living in NYS and being on Disability so say a prayer for me because I might be in big trouble.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Oh no, I hope everything is gonna be Ok. Keep in touch and make sure you go back to the doctor ASAP
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
27 Mar 11
I guess I kind of use both. I research a lot of things online but I also rely on the more traditional ways too. I go to the doctor and then come home and research what he said to me..lol.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
28 Mar 11
There you go
@danitykane (3192)
• Philippines
27 Mar 11
hi missybear, I always find myself googling something whenever I am curious on just about anything. Internet is easier to access and the information is free. Although not all information on the net are credible and I am cautious in dealing what is a more reliable source of information and what are just hoax or unreal. But honestly, I am glad that I could get reliable infos on the net and I would still choose to learn things online since it is faster and easier to get.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
27 Mar 11
It is easier than looking up stuff in books that's for sure but I still look in dictionaries for stuff
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
26 Mar 11
I pretty much look everything up now online and of course I ask others opinions on it as well so that Im not solely going on just the opinion of whatever someone said online. What you read online is not always correct so you've got to be careful with what you do read and believe to be true.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
27 Mar 11
I always triple check everything I read anyways and still sometimes I have my doubts. Some of the stuff you can look up on line is just crazy
• United States
26 Mar 11
There are a great many things I do look up online but I still have my off-line ways to a sense. Like I enjoy watching the news more so on TV then I do on the PC. If there is an emergency and or disaster I will follow it on the PC but find the TV news to be a bit more personal and informative. When I use to read, because I have been lazy in that area for a while, but I would prefer a book or an e-book. But overall I can see the convenience of looking up an address, and directions quicker online then going to a yellow book directory. So I suppose my response is geared more towards convenience, and what exactly I need to look up.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
27 Mar 11
It definitely comes in handy for a lot of things but like you I watch the News and all my TV programs on TV
@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
Oh yes. I envy students now.. every student who has access to the internet can easily make researches, they have more sources and they are able to find them very easily. hehe I would agree that now, people are bllessed with the internet and why not maximise the use if there is this opportunity. right? Some people still do things the conventional way though...
@missybear (11395)
• United States
26 Mar 11
Sometimes it's just almost like cheating...back in the school days we had to do math without a calculator but now kids can use that too
• China
26 Mar 11
Yes,nowadays the internet is so important and helpful to us that we always ask it for help instead of something or someone else whenever we have problems,it's really convenient.But when you can't find your pet,do you still search for it online instead of looking for it here and there around your house?lol
@missybear (11395)
• United States
26 Mar 11
Good one, you can't even look that one up in a book.
@Alnitak (423)
• Italy
26 Mar 11
"Look it up online" is a bit too generic, because on the internet there are lot of resources and you could find many useful things. You can consult only wikipedia and yahoo answers and have a lot of incomplete or false informations but maybe if you are able to find the right site that maybe is focused about one single topic that could be useful. Sure that doesn't mean that once we find a good site we are done. It should only be a starting point if we don't know what to do, but then we must find more reliable resources. About the health matter, it's sure VERY dangerous to rely about the internet to check symptoms and not consulting a doctor. The same syntomps could depend on many things and being different for anyone according to our medical history so many times there's really no point in looking up for them online.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
26 Mar 11
I think you hit the nail on the head. Sometimes you need to compare the sites to really get the right information but sometimes you find the answers in a book.
@ajk111 (2527)
26 Mar 11
It seems a different world nowadays. I had to explain to a teen that a book was made from a tree and i got a look to say that a was a sandwich short of a picnic. i do both now. although i am very aware of not to believe everything you read online!lol.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
26 Mar 11
Especially when you got so many different websites that you can go too and some of them are no good, which one do you really believe?