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Over Reliance on Google has made Students Lazy – Kwara Varsity Lecturer



A lecturer, Ibrahim Oseni says students have become lazy due to their over-reliance on Google search for their academic works.

Oseni, who lectures at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Kwara State University, Malete made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday.

According to him, the use of Google search has turned students to lazy researchers.

He said students now relied mainly on their phone and computer set to solve simple questions as they do not want to stress their brain thinking.

“It is becoming a worrisome issue as students now run to their computer sets before they can answer simple arithmetic. Even assignments are being uploaded from google search just to earn marks.

Students become lazy everyday as they don’t want to go to the library and get books that will improve them, instead they stick to their phone to get every information needed.

They are not ready to try things on their own as they believe there is short cut somewhere on the internet. They don’t disturb their brain anymore to do anything,’’ Oseni said.

He said that over reliance on Google was a common thing at all levels of education in the country, adding “at primary, secondary and higher institutions, students believed in short cuts to their assignments’’.

Oseni advised students to read books and use their brain in attempting questions as Google search alone will not aid their academic development.

He called on lecturers, teachers and student trainers at all levels to ensure proper check on their students and also discourage them from downloading Google results to submit for class assignment.


  1. Pseudo

    February 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Shocking that a lecturer will say such. There is a palpable propulsion towards ICT and oga here is saying students should read books as an antithesis to using a search engine. Biko is it that a book is anything on paper? So e-books, e-articles, e-journals etcetera are not books and so not worthy of reading (because reading them makes the students lazy) because they are not in paper form?

    • Obviously

      February 28, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Emphasis is on over-reliance on Google

  2. john

    February 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    idiotic nigerian lecturers always stuck in the past where thier colonial masters left them while the rest of the world has moved on, always trying to make thing difficult for their students by any mean necessary with thier sadistic nature..the dark continent indeed

  3. Which western world?

    February 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Well the rest of the world that you are talking about not only discourage but penalise regurgitated work from google. You will fail if you copy and paste. The lecturer just may be saying this in your best interest- why copy when you can understand and analyse and come to your own conclusions in your own words?

  4. Greatness

    February 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I totally agree. I could not have said it better

  5. Yoyo

    February 25, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    This lecturer needs to be taken outside,stripped naked and whipped with wet koboko. During my masters in USA I was given a 2 hour lecture on how to use regular google search and google-scholar to effectively research my papers/thesis.This lecture showed how to use key phrases for scholastic searches, as well as how to differentiate between academic and non academic sources. In addition,I was given a lecture on how to use the schools online library to find relevant books,papers and articles! Each quarter we had a refresher course on plagiarism as well as a free subscription to turnitin a site that checks if you did “copy and paste” . Those that did were severely dealt with. There is nothing wrong with google.It puts information at students finger tips at a very affordable price and it saves so much time and energy.Many of my lecturers emailed links to topics from google to us. It is very disturbing that a lecturer will make such ignorant statements. Its not the students that are lazy,its the lecturers who are too lazy to put the necessary checks to ensure that students do their due deligence. Almost every book has an e-copy….heck even Toke Makinwas On Becoming get pdf! Please Mr Lecturer maybe if you googled you will know that e-literature exists!

    • hey

      February 26, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Please can I have your turnitin log in details. I need it asap but it’s too expensive. Thanks.

    • kwinny

      February 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

      do these lectures even know how to put on a computer? Talk more about using google. Only whatsapp sef, they can’t use.

  6. Deji

    February 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    No wonder our development has been stagnant, when we have lecturers who aren’t creative at all.

    It is to go on strike that they know. Release journals and other means of revenue for their institutions, for where!

  7. Asake

    February 25, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I did not bother with reading the article, the lecture/the university is yet to meet turn it in, It will straighten up that lazy student

  8. Abuena

    February 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    He’s right! Over reliance on Google has made our youths very lazy to do their own research and come up with their own results. They see no need to read or learn anymore because google would always provide an answer when needed.

    There’s nothing wrong with doing Google searches to verify information or for pointers to resources that would ordinarily not be gotten otherwise. However relying solely on information gotten from it not only makes one LAZY but also limits one to the point of view of the website giving out those information.

    Remember, google is a search engine and only brings together websites that have information relating to the searche terms you imputed. This make most websites compromize the quality of their articles by omiting certain vital information because they are concerned about the length and are are stacking it with keywords just to be found online. This means that information found online is the abridged version of the original and written in a way to get clicks. (Which is not a bad thing persay but should not be substituted for information gotten from books)

    Not too long ago I had this ear infection that just kept coming back every month accompanied with a migrain and numbness on my face. A quick google search suggested I had meningitis or ear cancer. Imagine my fear when I went to the hospital expecting a confirmation of my symptoms to be what I’d researched only to find out I had Chronic Rhinosinusitis which is triggered by exposure to dust or smoke (all I needed was some Nasal Spray and to avoid what triggers it).

    Google never even suggested that this was a posible ailment. Now imagine if our doctors too rely soley on information gotted through Google searches?

    Google searches should be substituted for research through books (ebooks as well). Our youth should learn to take out some time away from IG and Twitter to actually read a book. Enough said.


    • Idomagirl

      February 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      What’s the difference between reading books for knowledge and using Google for same?
      Have you and this lecturer by any chance heard of Google Scholar?
      We are too parochial in Nigeria – you can read books and still use Google, they aren’t mutually exclusive.
      I like books and I think our young people should read more, but I don’t get how or why young people running to Google to find answers is a problem.

      As for this lecturer – are the libraries in the university he teaches equipped?
      Are the books up to date?

    • Obviously

      February 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

      The emphasis is on over reliance and not the use of google. There is a big difference.

    • Obviously

      February 28, 2017 at 10:29 am

      You couldn’t have said it any better.

  9. Abuena

    February 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Please excuse my typos

  10. kwinny

    February 27, 2017 at 10:58 am

    People are moving forward, this yahoo-mu-nene is spewing rubbish. Your lecture notes are still bearing 19xx . Chai! these backward lectures sef, forever trying to make things difficult for students. All they know is strike and how to sleep with students. Mshewwwww, what rubbish. Over reliance on google?? And library? LOL which books??? Those dusty and rat infested garbage that can give somebody whooping cough. Sir, have several seats!!!

  11. tunmi

    February 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    You could also find innovative ways to teach

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