Kids prefer Google to their parents

Majority of the kids prefer turning to search engine for answers than ask their parents, according to an international survey. TOI checks out the trend back home.

'My dad told that' or 'My mom said so' used to be some emphatic lines with kids some years back until the Gen Next got smitten by the World Wide Web. Contrary to what one might believe that kids usually live in a constant euphoria that their parents know everything, findings of a latest international study by Birmingham Science City suggests otherwise.

The results of the survey, which was aimed to uncover the information sources of the young generation; found out that 54% of kids in the age group of 6-15 prefer to 'Google' their curiosities instead of asking their parents. The results are certainly surprising if not alarming as this reflects on our changing social/psychological patterns and nature of parents-kids relationship.

Savita Kedia, a homemaker and mother says, "Yes, it's very much relatable," she exclaims, "Our children are so exposed that we can't cope up with their queries all the time. So rather than giving such answers which they mock, we better guide them to search engines, which later becomes their practice." However she adds, it doesn't indicate the growing distance between a parent and a kid, saying, "It's not about writing down ourselves as parents, but if we levy expectations on them to stay ahead in their generation — it's our duty to provide them with the means."

Dimple Panchori adds, "Sometimes it's difficult for us to devote time. Now many households have both working parents and we are unable to be present all the time. Even the schools have computers. Having a compulsion to work on the projects/assignments using computers, make kids friendly with the technology from a very early age. Even to save my 10-year-old from inferiority complex amidst all her age peers who have laptops, we have recently got her one."

Sociologist Gaurang Jani, along with peer pressure, blames it on the reducing conversational opportunities in families. "Not just they have an easy excess to technology, they have a comfort towards it too. Earlier in joint families, we had our elder siblings and relatives around to talk and guide our queries to. Now in single-child families, the computer becomes a kid's friend. Also, parents are conscious and are under impression that it's better that their kids go to better source. Added to it the peers flaunting 'how they have the world on their laptop screens' leads to the need."

Psychologist Kamayani Mathur explains it as the widespread of technology and changing human behaviour. "Human touch is anyways deteriorating from relationships in all aspects," she explains, "We are used to communicate with or via technology than one-to-one. I still feel if we are talking for our nation, these results aren't as effective and applicable as in western countries."

Educationist Nilam Boradia says, "It may be observed in older kids, who have queries which we don't openly discuss in Indian households. But I can tell you with my own experience with this target age-group that, in our nation, parents and teachers are still the final words for major of them."