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“To Select A Category: You Can Either Use The Box Below Or Navigate To Your Desired Category And Click”

January 28th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 42 secs

The Web is helpful, but it’s up to us to release it.

Thanks to the power of a mouse to select a category: “you can either use the box below or navigate to your desire category and click to your hearts content”.

With the power of the Internet, it’s easy to search anywhere to get the information you desire to find. Yet, because we are creatures of routine, we don’t tend to click into researching the habits of bats, mull over the latest in marine biology, or explore the inner workings of what makes us tick. Far from it. When we choose to select a category, the desired categories we navigate to are usually ones we already know plenty about.

So, if you live in Brittany, you tend to look for all things Breton. Ditto Denver, Mumbai, and Aberdeen. Our searches are usually tied to practical considerations like, “What’s happening in our neighborhood?” “Did that last pay go into my account?” “Is there something new in the news?” and “What’s up with my favorite interests?” Then there’s Facebook, and other social sites that give the Web a personal edge.

But it’s only when you choose to surf the Internet that you start to perceive things you don’t normally see. Depending on what you discover, that can actually be bad. Yet, generally, it’s a very good thing because it opens us to see more than our usual click-thru routes allow. Taking a look at the news in another part of your nation or even another country is interesting, not least, for what gets a headline and what doesn’t.  Letting your imagination go to select a category you don’t normally seek, or navigate to your desired category and clicking beyond where you’d normally stop extends your mental boundaries.

We know the Web offers so many answers. But we tend not to talk about the importance of harnessing our curiosity to develop new questions. If we go down the same old ways in our Google commute to select a category: where we either fill in the familiar box with the same terms, or navigate to our desired category and click back to the usual, we self-limit ourselves. A wealth of knowledge awaits us, provided we think broader thoughts, consider fresh questions, and dare to envisage new possibilities. Enough telling! Your mouse is waiting…

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