Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, writing at the New York Times, tries to make sense of Google trends on topics relating to God. (As much as he can, anyway, since you don’t want to read too much into that sort of data.)
There are a lot of interesting tidbits in there. Like when it comes to phrases with the word “neighbor” in them, “love thy neighbor” tops the list, but coming in number two is “neighbor porn.”
Also, check out what people searched for online if they were questioning God in some way:
People may not share their doubts with friends, relatives, rabbis, pastors or imams. They inevitably share them with Google. Every year, in the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of pointed questions, most of them coming from the Bible Belt. The No. 1 question in the country is “who created God?” Second is why God allows suffering. This is the famous problem of evil. If God is all powerful and all good, how could he allow suffering? The third most-asked question is why does God hate me? The fourth is why God needs so much praise.
I only bring this up to make a point: A lot of you reading this site are content creators and atheist activists in your own right. You talk about religion, you write about it, you make videos about it, etc.
If people search for these questions online, what will they find? Because I really want them to come across an atheist’s honest response to those questions instead of the religious spin.
Right now, if you do a search for those top questions, the first pages of results lead you to websites that are almost all faith-based in nature.
A tech-savvy atheist could surely fix that.
(Also, yes, I see what I did there. Giggity.)