The Google-method of people-watching


Hank’s video inspired me to make similar searches. I began with the words “who is…?”

Which led to “Where is…?”

Which led to “How do I…?”

Which led to “Do you know…?”

I blame insomnia. Only it wasn’t 2 AM.

I’m a people-watcher. People are interesting. Give me a bench, a Dr. Pepper or an ice cream cone, a parade of individuals, and I’m a content woman. “Momma always said, ‘There’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes…where they goin’, where they been…'” (Name that movie).

Well, you can “tell an awful lot” about the world based on Google’s most popular searches.  One of the first things I noticed when I googled “How do I…?” is that a lot of people have questions about using facebook. Most common searches had to do with hiding information and deleting information. Either facebook is becoming too complicated for people to intuitively figure out (yes) or people want to hide more of their information from friends, family and coworkers (yes).

The second thing I noticed is that people ask questions of Google that Google cannot answer. Searches for “Who is God?” and “How do I look?”aren’t going to yield satisfying answers from Google.

I think some people are up to no good. If you are trying to figure out how you can be identified by your DNA, take this small bit of advice: find a hobby. Preferably one that doesn’t involve leaving behind significant amounts of DNA.

Several top searches made me laugh out loud. WHY is someone using Google to find out how to unstop his/her ear. This is a top search? Is there a worldwide problem with stopped ears? Are hundreds of thousands of people suffering with sinus problems and colds? Are they swimmers? Do they just have a build-up of wax? Is this a daily showering issue? What’s the deal?!

“Do you know how aardvarks make love?” REALLY?! Why does anyone want to know that? I hope this knowledge is desired for science and the good of mankind and not something gross.

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