The ease of information gathering has made it far less important for me to apply my critical thinking abilities. I can’t speak about your experiences, but if I had to guess, I’d assume that they aren’t too far from my own. I can recall conversations in which I and my conversation partners will be discussing some topic that leads us to arrive at some unknown. It could be a factual unknown like a date of some historic event or an opinion based unknown like the best restaurant in the area. Without missing a beat, someone will announce “let me Google it,” as they produce an iPhone with trained and focused thumbs getting to work asking the oracle of the world.
Stop that. Use your brain once in a while.