What would the world be like if search engines didn't exist
What do you think the world would be like without search engines? Whenever we do something and we need some quick information we are already going to grab our phones in order to "Google It". We have search engines at our finger tips and it's a huge convince for everyday life. People are getting so use to having devices in their hands at the ready for a quick search, but what if we couldn't?
What if they didn't exist
If search engines didn't exist we would have a much more difficult time trying to figure something out. We would have libraries in our homes filled with educational books and not just Harry Potter lol. We would have to reference our in home library in order to get the quickest answers to our questions. I'm sure that people would even make a game out of it like "Find the answer in the library" and you'd be timed to see how long it took you to find the right book with what you needed.
If the search engines didn't exist we would have to rely on alternatives like facebook or reddit in order to get our information. This would never work out since anyone can post on these platforms and not everyone is trustworthy. There are these things called internet trolls who's only goals are to piss off or make someone look dumb. By giving these trolls complete freedom to spread their own fake news we wouldn't know what was true and was was rubbish.
We could use news websites as alternatives, but again we wouldn't know what was accurate since it could still be fabricated in order to turn the masses against a certain person or organization. A lot of people say this is what's happening already in todays world, which makes sense a lot of times.
Big companies would need to spend even more money on advertising since they wouldn't be able to use Adwords or Bing Ads. If you wanted to get big in a short amount of time you would need to run newspaper ads, billboard ads, send out flyers, cold call potential customers and send out flyers. The small business owner would have a bigger problem when it comes to making money because they wouldn't be able to get the word out about themselves as easy as it is now. Today you can pay $0.10 a click and get someone to your website, but if the search engines didn't exist you would have to fight the big corporations for those billboard spots or newspaper ads
If the search engines didn't exist, do you think people would be dumber because of it? So many times I've pulled out my phone in order to get the answer to my question and I've become smarter because of it. I'm saving time because I can get the answer by just typing my question into Google, but what if we couldn't do that? We would have to say we didn't know what the answer was or bullsh*t our way through the answer until people believed us lol. I actually know people who will still try to bullsh*t their way through an answer just to sound smart and usually they can explain themselves well enough that others will believe them lol.
The level of intelligence probably wouldn't be as high since the speed of learning is much quicker because of the search engines. We can read up on dozens of topics without leaving our couch compared to going to a library and getting 12 different books to look through and read. The outcome is the same, but with search engines you can just type in what you need and not have to search through a book for an exact topic or answer.
If we didn't have search engines I think that everything would be a lot slower and people possibly wouldn't be as smart, but that's just an hypothesis since they do exist. Small mom and pop shops would have a tougher time making money since they'd have to fight big corporations for limited advertising spots. I'm actually pretty happy that there are search engines even though they keep messing with my rankings lol.