Bad Internet Habits

At the end of what has been a very busy week I’ve got to ask a question…

My family have got bad internet habits. Well, I view them as bad. Immediate family, distant family, friends – the whole nine yards. If you know the URL of a website, why do you insist on going to Google or Yahoo and typing the full URL, that you know too well, into the search box on either site and then wait for the results to appear before hitting the website?

Isn’t that why they put address bars in IE or FF, or why we have a command prompt in DOS? Anyone else notice or get annoyed by that habit? I can’t crack them out of it!


  1. keith bohanna February 4, 2006 at 9:23 am

    I have noticed the same – and I would think that it is because we have drummed into them to use Google/whatever to find whatever you want.
    And it works for them.
    And they become familiar with it.
    And learn to trust it to get them where they want to be.
    And they feel safe with that.
    And are far less likely to use other bits of the browser that they are not familiar with.

    So we have succeeded in doing exactly what we set out to do – find things by themselves and leave us alone!

    More generally nothing about the internet or how browsers work is intuitive – it has to be learned. This is the underlying issue here ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Kentar February 7, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve noticed it completely; even when I’m trying to teach people about how to use it. They always end up back at google. Although I’m pretty crap at teaching; I do everything to fast for them to pick it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Ken February 7, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    shame on you! give the people a chance!

    teach a man to fish and all that ๐Ÿ™‚

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