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People still Google’ing “Who is running for president” – right up to election day

Proves Google is still ridiculously popular way to search for things; also, Americans don’t pay attention to the news


Seriously America?

I came across this story on Gizmodo and it struck me as so unbelievably bizarre that I had to check it out for myself. Unfortunately, the results of my investigation proved true: Google has seen a spike in traffic over the last three months, leading all the way up to and including today, for the search phrase, “who is running for president?”

Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself:

Crazy, right? The chart is from the “Google Trends” website and it shows often U.S. folk searched the aforementioned phrase over the past three months. As you can see, there are spikes throughout the various weeks, and they’re likely associated with nights that the debates were televised. But why are we still seeing spikes all the way into November? If you don’t know who is running for president, why are you even going out to vote?

Fuck it, I’m inadequate gif

Now, is this more a reflection of how tightly integrated digital technology is in our lives nowadays, or does this speak more so to the fact that the average American out there really doesn’t pay enough attention to what’s happening in the world around them?

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