As anyone who uses the Google search engine knows, when you start to type out a question, you’ll immediately get a dropdown of questions that begin with the same wording. That’s called autocomplete.
So many questions are asked on Google, that the database immediately draws up the most frequently asked ones using that phrasing, assuming that chances are since everyone else is asking them, you’re asking the same thing.
It’s a good indication of the state of mind of the world. When so many people are asking the same question, that’s a sociological trend.
A few days before I saw this cartoon on XKDC (click on it for a larger image), I was experimenting with Google’s autocomplete function and wondering what would come up when the focus involved families.
It is not encouraging.
Just go to Google, type in the following terms and see what pops up:
Why does my father
Why does my mother
Why does my husband
Why does my wife
Why does my sister
Why does my brother
Why does my son
Why does my daughter
Why does my aunt
Why does my uncle
The only family situation in autocomplete that didn’t repulse me was:
Why does my grandfather
Have a go at it. You’ll be surprised, and depressed, by the results.
There are a lot of unhappy families out there.
- Meet the Man Who Invented Google Autocomplete (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Google Autocomplete Is an Even Weirder Place Than You Thought (gizmodo.co.uk)