Do you remember life before Google? It was difficult. We had to use paper maps, learn languages and even own a dictionary (the horror!).
In celebration of our favorite search engine's 14th birthday, we at Huffington Post have compiled a list of 13 things (and one for good luck) we can no longer do without the help of Google. From practical uses, like navigating the fastest route home, to lazy searches for random facts, it's apparent that Google has most definitely become a staple in our daily lives (for the better and for the worse).
So join the festivities, and check out the many reasons why we can't live without this company in the slideshow below. Then flaunt your dependence, and tell us all the things you absolutely cannot do without the help of Google in the comments section, or tweet us at [@HuffPostTech].
Spell Words -- Even Easy Ones
Yes! "Ackward" alweys gits us too.
C'mon -- we all know that Facebook sometimes just isn't <em>enough</em>. And how do you even find Facebook without Googling it?
Find Our Way Around Town
If we're going to meet up with co-workers later in the evening, you better believe we're double-checking how to get there on Google Maps. Even if the place is right around the corner, we can no longer rely on our senses of direction or sight.
This is how dinner often works: "What do we want to eat? Let me Google something new." Then it goes something like, "What do we need to make this dish? Let me Google the recipe." And finally, when you realize you don't have any of the ingredients, you'll say, "Never mind. Just Google the nearest pizza place."
Enjoy Ourselves At The Office
We are <em> fully</em> aware that our ability to concentrate has been lost -- and we're totally fine with that. Thanks to Google, every hour we watch new viral videos on YouTube (just saw another <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dlhhfpFBTk">"Gangnam Style"</a> clip!), or we find ourselves flipping through Blogger. Sometimes we just Google our addresses to check out what's going on in our neighbors' yards. Goodbye, productive work week.
Remember Celeb Names
Thank God for Google Images. Who can tell if this Isla Fischer or Amy Adams!? Google can, friends. Just leave life's toughest questions to Google.
Drive Ourselves Around
OK, OK, so Google's self-driving cars aren't available for the average consumer yet, but U.S. states are beginning to approve their use on public roads, and it won't be long until teenagers grow up without having to practice parallel parking. Lucky ducks!
Figure Out When (Or Where) Movies Are Playing
But wait, really... how do you find movie times in real life? With a <em>newspaper</em>? Oh, hell no.
Understand Other Languages Besides English
Solíamos ser capaces de aprender idiomas, pero ahora sólo tiene que utilizar Google Translate. ¿Funcionó? <a href="http://translate.google.com/">Translate here.</a>
Comprend The Idea Of Debating
Remember when you thought a president was born in 1743, but you friend swore you were wrong? Doesn't matter anymore. Why debate a fact when you can simply search the answer? #TheTruthHurts
Remember Famous Quotes
With Google's auto-complete, we don't really have to know the second half of quotes. For example, Steve Jobs once said, "Stay hungry, stay..."? Uhhh, hold up, let us type that in real quick.
Understand Unit Conversions
How are we supposed to remember the conversion from a pound to a gram... or wait, aren't kilogram closer in mass? Eh, who knows. Someone Google it.
Remember Definitions For Words We Learned In High School...Or Last Week
Sometimes, when people drop big words in conversation, we pull out our smartphones and Google what they just said. (Don't judge. You've done it, too.) Trick for savvy (or stupid?) users: When you search "define: [insert really, really difficult word here]" the definition of the word automatically pops up. You don't even have to click a link. Long live the dependent!
.. because Google + is so awesome and addictive! JUST KIDDING, GOOGLE! Birthday prank! Happy 14th birthday, Google!