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If someone asks you an easily Google-able question, it’s possible they just want to talk to someone about it.

If someone asks you an easily Google-able question, it’s possible they just want to talk to someone about it. Be nice


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  1. My dad and I do the same thing. Sometimes it’s because there might be tricks one of us has to make the job easier; sometimes it’s because we’re too embarrassed to say “I miss you. How you doing”.

  2. Totally the case for me, it’s a simple starting convo tool but I never know if the person telling me to “Google it” is oblivious to it or subtly telling me they are not interested.
    Now I follow up with a “I could Google it of but I’m genuinely interested by your pov…”

    That helps.

  3. I work front of house at a hotel and can say there are plenty of people who just don’t know any better and if you reply with “I’m not sure let me look that up” by the time you have your phone out they feel dumb laugh look it up on their phone and they are off to enjoy the day.

  4. I see this a lot in the subs. Someone asks an innocuous question, and gets dumped on for not Googling the question first. Hey, maybe they joined the sub to have discourse with others with similar interests. Maybe they are looking for insight beyond just a right answer.

  5. Speaking from the POV of somebody who is generally on the receiving end of these types of questions…it’s annoying. Often times the answers are long and complicated and require the knowledge of adjacent topics, so it requires time to answer. Also, by supplying an answer, it also invites further questions, and sometimes you even become known as the recommended person to supply those answers. Sometimes I just don’t have time or energy after work, family, friends and hobbies to help random people and their questions, or to entertain their curiosity. Sometimes those people actually get upset that I can’t help them.

    I get it, at one time in my life I leaned on others for guidance, but when you begin to seek knowledge on your own and get bombarded with others questions, it often just leaves you feeling used or exploited. You just wish that others could help themselves.

    My 2 cents, on the one hand, you want to live life abiding by letterkennys, “when a friend asks for help, you help” but then you remember that life isn’t a TV show, you’re human, and it’s okay to feel tired and it’s not your fault that you can’t help everybody.

  6. But if you’re at work and it’s a question that you don’t know and that they could easily google, tell them, “I don’t know but I bet Google’ll know.” This is in reference to being a front line worker in the pandemic and people asking me questions about how to bake a Brie or something ridiculous that I don’t have and shouldn’t have to memorize.

  7. Talk to someone about what though? I’m not sure I understand this.

    These kinds of questions are rarely open ended, they are questions that you could google and that in fact you would yourself have to Google to even answer them, like “what’s the weather going to be like tomorrow”. I’m not your personal assistant, sorry. Those questions are what “let me Google that for you” is for.

    When someone asks your opinion on something that’s entirely different.

  8. 90% of the times they are just lazy or don’t know how to search properly. Being the most tech savvy person in my family, most of my family members message me asking basic questions like what to do when there is an update notification, or what’s the meaning of a technologically related word. They DO NOT want to talk, they are just too lazy to google.

  9. That may be, but it’s still bullshit. Maybe if the questioner tries to subtly get that point across, fine, but otherwise, I’m sick of assholes (ESPECIALLY HERE ON REDDIT) asking questions it would take 30 seconds to find the answer to.

  10. It’s really annoying and I hate when people say “well why don’t you just google it”…I’m asking because I know that you’re knowledgeable about said subject, and was hoping to have an actual conversation about it to try and learn something. No need to be a dick about it

  11. Oh yeah. I made the mistake of doing this on a political subreddit. It was a post about someone saying their aunt or whatever on Facebook made this ridiculous QAnon claim, and I wanted to get an idea of how prevalent this belief is so I asked for an example in the wild. I was met with great hostility. Pretty sure people interpreted me asking for an example was me accusing OP of being a liar. When I pointed out this is an erroneous and irrational assumption, people yelled at me for being lazy, I could have just googled it instead of wasting everyone’s time with my comment. Meanwhile you can go to somewhere like r/aww and there’s plenty of comments like “is that this type of cat?” all questions that can easily be Googled yet no one is jumping down their throats and accusing them of beings chuds. Isn’t that curious? I wonder why that is?

  12. I learned this the hard way during my internship at Google. One day the guy in the next cubicle over leaned over the cubicle wall and said to the 3 or 4 of us that we’re by my desk “have you guys ever heard th term bog standard? This guy just sent me an email and he says the so-and-so is bog standard”

    There was some brief discussion and speculation, while I turned right to my computer and Googled it, and read the definition out loud. Well, that sort of ended the discussion and the guy left. I was feeling proud as the useful intern, being proactive and helpful.

    As soon as he was gone everyone turned to me and were like “what are you doing? Don’t you know that’s X, the VP of our division? He knows how to look stuff up, we work for Google! He just wanted to rub shoulders with the plebs!”

  13. Not the case at my old job, people were just too fucking lazy to look up stuff in our documentation or on Google.

  14. Yes thank you. I was starting to worry that humans should never spur conversation about anything ever again. People always so cold saying “Google it” anytime you ask a question.

  15. As far as I can tell, the only people who ask questions you can search on a search engine usually ask someone else the question because of 3 main reasons:

    1. They are too lazy to use a search engine themselves. Easier to just ask the smart person near them who’s already done the research and can rattle off facts like a Jeopardy contestant.
    2. They struggle to use electronics so much that they don’t even get answers they seek because they don’t put the correct phrase in the search text box.
    3. They don’t understand technology at all, and instead of realizing they could find all their answers online they would just ask other people around because they only has a phone that can send and receive phone calls, and that’s it. And who ever heard of an Android. They knew Skynet was actually real and right around the corner.

    To talk to someone about it? I don’t know how often that’s happened to you, but that feels like the least likely scenario because I have never felt like that at all.

    Recognize the situation for what it is. Because when I ask someone a question like that, it’s already a part of the conversation, not a conversation starter. Of course a conversation starting being something you can “Google” is kind of a dumb conversation starter anyway. Because why are you asking me anyway? Unless I am very knowledgeable about the specific question it just wouldn’t make any logical sense why you would be asking me just to talk about it. Instead of “How long was ‘insert favorite movie'”, the question “How did you like ‘insert favorite movie'” is a much better conversation piece and also provokes a non-sarcastic response.

  16. Sometimes I think what university was like in the past. Today I sit in a lecture and nobody asks any questions because the most things could be found on the internet. Why don’t ask your professor straight away. I imagine he would be happy to answer even the simplest questions and you can connect the right answer in your brain right away and don’t have to Google it later (or realistically: forgetting about it)

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