Google is one smart search engine. For instance, when we search for stuff, it will happily suggest autocompleted terms based on what other people are searching for.
If you type in "How much does * cost in Ireland", Google already gives you a whole bunch of suggestions. These autocompletes reflect what people commonly search for — be it the cost of IVF, liposuction, or college.
Fixr, a cost-estimating website, decided to create brilliant maps that reveal how these "cost of" searches differ around the globe.
"Intrigued by the results of our U.S. state-by-state analysis of Google autocomplete results, we decided to see what the worldwide results look like," Flixr blog explains. "The results were then recorded and put into an infographic to see how countries and continents compare."
Scroll down to see the results. They are absolutely fascinating.
It appears that people are really interest in the cost of a "patent" in the US. Well that's very entrepreneurial of you, America.
Panama hats in.... Ecuador. Surprise!
Countries that are worth a special mention in Europe include:
- France with "croissant." Obvi.
- Monaco with "to moor a yacht."
- Albania with "nose jobs."
As Google search data suggests, people in Kuwait are most interested in the price of a Lamborghini; in Iran, a kidney.
When it comes to South East Asia it's all about tattoos, beer, retirement, and prostitutes. Talk about the need to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Even more horrifying, in Mauritania, the top Googled cost was "cost of a slave."
After that came food, cows, petrol and weddings.
While people in Australia want to know more about the cost of In Vitro Fertilization, neighboring New Zealand is interested in vasectomies. Quite the contrast.
But all of these results need to be taken with many grains of salt because, as one one commenter pointed out on Fixr, these maps likely reflect what English-speaking visitors — not locals — search for in these countries
Nevertheless, it's still a fascinating — and frightening — window into what people search for when they think no one is watching.
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