Part 1 in a series. Click here for Part 2: How Google let’s you see into people’s minds
We all have embarrassing questions. You know, the ones you secretly want to ask but wouldn’t be caught dead with your name on them. Fortunately, the internet gives us the anonymity to seek answers without the embarrassment of the real world. In fact, these nameless forums provide the perfect social experiment. What do people want to know? What are they afraid of? Google’s search suggestions offer some fascinating results. Here are five of the most amusing and revealing patterns.
5. Black people are confusing
Despite almost every fact and years of societal progress, black people apparently remain mysterious. Many internet searchers wonder how black people’s bodies function or whether they exist at all. Assuming that most of these results are from non-black users, it seems we are curious about people who look different.
4. Love is hard
Does he like me? How do I know if she’s the one? These questions abound, suggesting that love is a mystery to people. Despite the gurus who claim to have it down to a science, we struggle to understand the intricacies of attraction and courtship, and of course turn to the internet when things become confusing.
3. Fat people are mysterious, too
Fat people are apparently perplexing as well. We also seem to be fascinated with how other people perform in bed, suggesting a strong interest in other people’s sexual prowess.
2. We question religion
Judging by the number of religious questions, many internet users seek theological answers or doubt religion in general. How do we know there is a God? Do dogs go to heaven? These questions indicate people are thinking critically and trying to form opinions of their own, even if internet answers are usually just other people’s opinions.
1. We really need to know…
Not much to say here. Clearly, we could all use some confidence about our machinery and capabilities.
So…pretty crazy, right? These suggestions offer valuable insight into people’s minds. What do you make of it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. As always, please like, share, or reblog this post if you enjoy it. That small click really helps me out! Be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook as well. Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe for new content every Wednesday! IT’S FREE!
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What’s your favorite/most telling Google suggestion?