Do We Rely too Much on the Internet?

Yesterday I read a disturbing story about a 14-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in his thigh by his friend, and instead of his mom, rushing him to the hospital, like most moms would, she went to WebMD to research “How to treat a gunshot wound”. To make matters worse, she waited SEVEN hours to drive him to the hospital! Of course, I was quick to judge her parental ability as well as her mental capacity then I was reminded of an incident that occurred almost two years ago.

When I first moved to Houston, I was cooking in my newly upgraded kitchen. As I ever so slightly pulled the pan out of the oven to check the food, I dropped the towel on the coil, and it started to burn. I quickly closed the oven door, grabbed my cellular, and googled “How to Put Out a Fire.” I was in a state of panic and was too nervous to read through the instructions but somehow I managed to skim through a result instructing me to pour flour over the flames. Silly me, I didn’t even think to use the fire extinguisher conveniently located in the kitchen…  🙂 Afterwards, I reflected on the incident and wondered why, after seeing my oven on fire, was my first instinct to go to the internet? (Of course, if I was a serious fire, I would have acted accordingly).

The Internet contains a vast amount of information, and has become a go-to for most problems/solutions as well as knowledge. A client once said to me, “I can pretty much learn anything I want on YouTube.” I know whenever I need to know something, I search for it. It’s quick and easy. In a life or death situation; however, I wouldn’t recommend it. The police are considering pressing charges against her, but they have yet to decide. Nevertheless, in an emergency situation, use you emergency resources (i.e. 911, hospital).