Of all the secrets and mysteries of science, I find myself most fascinated by the universe. It’s birth and evolution, its future and unexplored depths–these stories keep me coming back for more. Perhaps the most exciting part is that there is so much we do not know. We sit on our lonely planet, pondering how everything came to be and where it is going. If one phrase can describe the history of cosmology, it is the proverbial “the more we learn the less we know.”
Part 2 in a series. Click here for Part I: Why Google is the (hilariously) perfect social experiment
A few weeks ago I posted about how Google suggestions provide valuable (and hilarious) insight into the public mind. All the embarrassing questions we are too afraid to ask end up on the internet, allowing programmers to read much of society’s thoughts. What do people want to know? What are they afraid of? Do Pokemon or black people exist? Google’s search suggestions offer some fascinating results. Here are five more of the most amusing and revealing patterns.
5. TV and video games seem real
Most kids eventually learn reality is far less imaginative than cartoons and video games. Even so, some of us need a quick Google search to erase our doubts. Does any one else secretly wish they could have a Pokemon?
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.