I am a research junkie. I freely admit that I can pull up a browser, type in a key phrase about something I want to know, let's say -- recipes for low fat chili cheese dogs - and Google will return something like one million results. One million. Most of the first page will include recipes, videos and suggestions that are all related to chili cheese dogs (some low fat, some not) and this is precisely what I'm searching for, I can get the info I need and get back to work.
Now let's say the topic of wine comes up and I am recalling a wine I've enjoyed before, but can quite remember how to spell so I look up "Chauteanif-du-Pape" - fortunately,Google is really smart and figures out that I actually meant "Chateauneuf-du-Pape"and immediately presents me with over three million results.
The first page offers up enough information that I can confirm the spelling and the type of wine it is and then it mentions the Avignon Papacy and the split from Rome and the power of the French kings and the cultivation of wine...
Three hours later, I remember that I need to get that spelling correct and drop it into my story, but now I have information for future stories which I must jot down.
Yes, Google is one my favorite tools and my biggest time sinks. I'm a research junkie! How about you?
Oh -- and if you want to see something funny...go type the word 'askew' into your Google search.