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Google–The Biggest Conversation Killer Ever

Google has,no doubt, transformed the way we learn and has played a massive part in simplifying the lives of millions of people.Although there are several other search engines out there, Google has become synonymous with word ‘search’. Even Governments (specifically the Chinese Government) understand its power and try to limit people’s usage to prevent unfathomable (or imagined) consequences.

However,Google has also reduced interaction in our lives causing us to be less social. You can no longer walk up to someone like in the pre-Google days to get something clarified as they might utter those deadly words:

“You can Google it”

The aftermath is something that is dependent on the size of your ego.

Google It means “You are a lazy moron that does not know how to search for information”.

People who are adept at “Googling” for solutions to all their problems seem to have some kind of aura of superiority emanating from them. Lesser mortals who might not be well-versed with all the Google tricks need to be able to struggle their way.

You will be viewed as though you did not know that the latest edition of the Bible Dictionary had the verse “Ask,seek,knock..” interpreted as “Google It”. (I am pretty sure that you may one day hear one of your pastors say “You are not Googling properly…”).

Our view of  real conversations and stronger relationships have undergone a sea change with the advent of Google and has insulated us from each other in numerous intangible ways. No doubt there are apps like WhatsApp that keeps us “connected” but the joy of discovery through interactions ,by piecing together mismatched facts to try and get a pattern is something that you might not experience to a great degree in a search engine.

Anyway,somewhere in the future,Google might return my article as a search result for “Conversation killer” so I am happy as of now 🙂


6 Ways Indians spruce up their Facebook Profile before marriage

Common FB behavior patterns displayed before Indian marriages

After looking at thousands of FB posts (I am not a stalker just a caring and curious friend 🙂 ) ,I have finally established 6 behavior patterns among Indians who are looking to get married (especially “arranged marriages”).Here they are:–

1.Photos of swimsuit wear suddenly disappears (removed/hidden from view thanks to Facebook’s constantly evolving security settings).

2.Videos of cute babies doing cute stuff are shared and commented on. Most of the time, guys comment on posts of girl babies (or)girl relatives below the age of ten.(“Had an awesome time with my niece”…)

3.Friends from the opposite sex whose profile photo does not clearly show who they are, are unfriended (or) Friends information hidden.

4.Photos of hugs,cake-smeared buddies (with the opposite sex ) are removed/hidden to prevent speculation of any kind.Photos showing any kind of affinity towards alcohol are removed to paint a ‘conservative’ image.

5. A review is done of all the groups that have been ‘Liked’ and the ‘Likes’ removed for groups that suggest any kind of contrary behavior patterns.(In arranged marriages,a background check is done and the tastes of the person is a huge indicator).


6.Family/Extended family photos suddenly start appearing on the timeline.(Underlying message : “Check out my cool relatives” ,”We’re just a big HAPPY and LOVING FAMILY” or “I am not a sociopath”).

This post might be more relevant to Indians though I suppose some of the patterns are followed globally.

If you have seen other behavior patterns,please let me know in the comments section 🙂