05/10/2012 09:40 am ET Updated Jul 10, 2012

Is It Possible To Survive On The Internet For A Week Without Google?

It was astonishingly easy to quit Googling. In Chrome, Google's Web browser, I clicked a couple buttons in the Settings tab, and voilà, my default search engine was Bing. The great thing about Chrome is that it remembers your preferences across all your computers—I only needed to switch to Bing on my desktop, and there it was on my laptop, too. (Thank you, Google!) I made the same change on my iPhone and my iPad. The whole thing took 15 seconds and came without any advanced planning or any weighing of the potential downsides. I switched to Bing on a lark—and I've stuck with it, for better or worse, for a week.

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