I’ve been using the Internet since 1996, but it never ceases to amaze me and inspire awe. Jai and I often remark to each other: “Remember back when there were questions you couldn’t get an answer to?” Before I had access to the World Wide Web, my research on any topic was limited to what I could get through the local library. And even in the early days of the Internet, there were so few people on it compared to today’s ubiquity that you were much more limited in what you could find. Today, I can type in any question that pops into my head into Google and usually find an answer within seconds. It’s truly incredible!
But the current prevalence of online content doesn’t mean it’s all accurate, or that the first answer you find will be the correct one. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to remember that asking a question is just the first step – finding an answer means looking a different sources and scrutinizing the validity of what’s presented to you. This is an extremely important thing for everyone to do, and for today’s children to learn as they grow up in a wholly different landscape than we did. Children are inherently curious, so there are no shortage of opportunities to teach them how to do everyday research!
I was homeschooled, and my parents always seized little “Learning moments” throughout the day. There were countless times where watching something on TV would prompt a question from me that led to a larger discussion. It doesn’t have to be a “Big” question; it’s the act of looking and learning that’s really important. This nurtured a curiosity in me that remains to this day – my husband and I are always pulling out our phones while watching a show so that we can look up the answer to some question that was prompted.
One such moment was prompted recently while Jai and I were watching The Matrix on Netflix. (Yes, a very apt film for prompting questions!) We noticed that the car they drove in the film looked just like the 1961 Lincoln Continental that was used as our getaway car during our wedding in August; and sure enough, a quick search showed that it is indeed another fourth generation – a 1965 Continental. As a fun bonus, we also learned that the 1961 Continental was used in Maroon 5’s Sugar music video, making it the most fitting car ever for this bride!
Have you watched any programs recently that prompted questions or a Google search?