Use LMGTFY to teach your friends and family how to get online

I’m a millennial, so I didn’t have the internet for the first half of my life. When I finally got around to it, I got into a lot of trouble for spending too many hours tweaking my MySpace profile page (my first foray into HTML and CSS) and making the music play automatically while snow particles fell on my CRT monitor while Limewire was running in the background.


As you can imagine, by the time Google came into my life, I was so enamored with the ability to learn literally anything and everything my little heart desired. This normally took the form of printing out books full of GameFAQs for Runescape and Kingdom Hearts and flipping through them to unlock all the secrets, but as I got older so did the internet.

The idea of ​​learning entire skill sets and teaching myself everything I know today through other people who would never know I exist thanks to their YouTube tutorials and text tutorials is now not so strange anymore. For me and many others like me, as well as those younger and older, and from all walks of life or industries, this has become second nature.

You could say that the phrase “Just Google it” has destroyed the concept of social interaction in our society and word of mouth learning, but I say that it has simply made us take responsibility to learn as much and as far as we can. think critically and match our findings with the incredible resources we now have at our disposal before we bother someone with what we are more than capable of.

That’s why it’s so frustrating when someone asks you a question that could have gotten a quicker answer by Googling it than waiting for my answer. I am not against helping, far from it, but I do believe that trust can be built by facing these situations and overcoming them. I’m sure I’m not alone either! You’ve probably had a family member or friend in your life ask you an incredibly simple question, and to you the answer was obvious. After a while, things like this add up and can cause quite a bit of frustration. You will find that you are supporting more people and being less efficient in your own life.

“Wait… let me Google that…”

I just want the steps! (frustrated technician)

1. Visit LMGTFY In the net
2. Type your loved one’s search query
3. Click Search (You obviously know this if you’re here!)
4. Click “Include Internet Explanation” if you are passive aggressive
5. Click “Get Link” (Shortening the link is optional)
6. Please read our disclaimer before proceeding
7. Send your friends and family at your discretion

I just want the steps! (Everyone else)

1. Ask your friend how to do it
2. Receive LMGTFY link
3. Skip steps 1 and 2 to visit Google com
4. Type your search query and hit enter on your keyboard

That’s why “Let Me Google That For You” (LMGTFY for short) is such a fun little service and I think you should take advantage of it. This web app lets you type the search query on behalf of your loved one and spits out an animated tutorial that teaches you how to type “” into your browser’s search bar, visit the search giant, and search for your own question. .

Don’t worry, sending them to this service doesn’t make you a jerk. Well, they may think that at first, but let’s be honest, if you give someone a fish, they eat for a day, but then they come back to your door asking for another fish, right? However, IF you teach them to fish, they can fish for themselves… when and how they want, eating for a lifetime.

It’s an old adage, but it remains true to this day. In fact, using LMGTFY can be seen as the ultimate expression of love in the 21st century, at least in my opinion. However, if you’re passive-aggressively sending someone an LMGTFY link, you can check the “Include Internet Explanation” box just below the main search bar on the site, and it’ll teach the person about the Internet and its benefits sooner. to perform the search. them. It’s pretty fun, but ultimately you might want to leave this off if you value your relationships.

If you want to try an example that we have generated, you can Click here. We’ve included Internet Explainer so you can see what it’s like without going through the process, but don’t worry, we still love it. So the next time someone asks you how to plug in an HDMI cable or something incredibly basic like that, don’t forget to instill a healthy dose of common sense for them with LMGTFY.

If you’re one of those people, we still love you, but please go to Google first and trust your gut. You are more capable than you think, and everything that is created can be understood and reverse engineered. Everything was created from basic building blocks, and anything that seems complex is just a set of simple systems working together to make something bigger. You got this! Now, if you want a recipe recommendation or something, there’s no shame in asking for someone’s favorite.

Disclaimer: Sending your friends and family to LMGTFY doesn’t make you an idiot. It just means that you care enough about them to teach them to find the answer for themselves, even if they don’t see it that way at first. Chrome Unboxed is not responsible for any relationship lost or physical and emotional harm you may incur while using this third-party service, including but not limited to getting slapped, having your phone number blocked, breaking up with a significant other, or experiencing a birthday. sad. . Please use responsibly.

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