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Stereotypes exposed through Google suggestions

April 10, 2010

Google suggestions for Why are Americans

Caralee showed me an interesting window onto world psyche. Google suggests possible searches whenever you start typing in the search box. These suggestions are actually based on what what real people are most frequently typing in when they search using Google.

What stereotypes exist about countries, religions, races, species?

Just start typing “Why are” and follow it by a group name. You don’t even need to click the “Search” button to find out what people already consider that group to be, and are just asking “Why?”

Try it out for yourself with different groups.

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