The best way to learn how cars work is to lift the hood and tinker with
the engine -- and Google, while not allowing us to monkey with its prized
Google Trends does provide access to some fascinating analytical tools that many teens
find fun and fascinating.
Google Trends is a neat tool that’s been around for years. It offers
data on the search terms people used in Google searches, and can often
For instance, the folks at Google
performed their own analysis of the search term “how do you spell” in an effort to discover
the most-misspelled words in America. They posted the results in map form,
broken down by state:
What does the map tell us about these searches? Why do so many people in
Pennsylvania need to use the word “cancelled?” What is up
with those “leprechaun” searches? And why on earth are people
in Massachusetts struggling to spell “Massachusetts”?
Google Trends gets particularly interesting (and entertaining) when multiple
search terms are used. Political candidates, pop stars, smartphones, you
name it. Exploring Google Trends is very much a hands-on exercise, and
is super for people with visual learning styles (Google presents the results
in charts and graphs).
Google handles around 100 million searches per day. It has become a central
part of our society, our most important method for finding information.
By exploring Google Trends, we can learn something about humanity’s
interaction with information and knowledge, and maybe the state of mind
of users who are entering their search terms.
In truth, there’s no way to know just how seriously we should take
the data provided by these searches, although it should be noted that
major news organizations have started posting search data on candidates
alongside polling in their election coverage. But whatever the significance
of Google Trends, it’s certainly a fascinating piece of technology
-- and a fun one, too.