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The internet is in love with the adorable grandma whose Google searches are incredibly polite

Published Jun 14th, 2016 10:00PM EDT
Grandma Polite Google Searches

Think about your Google searching recent activity. Do you start any of your searches with “please” or end them with “thank you?” That’s what someone’s grandma does, and the internet loves her for it.

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While using his nana’s laptop, Ben John discovered that whenever she’s using Google, she puts “please” and “thank you” in the search field. When asked why she’s so polite with a computer, she answered that she thought it was “the norm” to do so.

Ben John’s tweet went viral, getting thousands of retweets and likes. And who wouldn’t like this out-of-the-box approach to talking to Google?

This goes to show the immense gap between generations when it comes to using technology. The young generations take it for granted, addressing it in an impersonal way because a soulless computer usually does the job. There’s no place for “please” or “thank you” in Google searches, is there? We haven’t even considered it.

But this adorable grandma is talking to Google as she would address a human person. That’s simply amazing – not to mention that it’s just a bit scary as well. Artificial intelligence is evolving faster than ever, and we might soon have to address it that way. In case the machines eventually declare war on us, Ben John’s grandma will surely be remembered.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.