These Ten Most Googled “How To” Questions Show What It Means To Be Human
We’ve now reached a point in our history that we have access to a large portion of the information that exists worldwide. Forget the famous Library at Alexandria and let’s look at the internet. We’ve now got so reliant on the internet that we’re asking it questions about our everyday lives. It’s so ingrained into our consciousness that “googling” is an actual word in the dictionary.
But the problem with asking Google questions about life is that it doesn’t always give us the right answers, or the answers that we need at the moment. Unlike talking to an actual person, or talking to a friend or psychologist, the Google is only an algorithm, and the answers it provides may not be exactly what we were looking for.
If we were to ask it some seriously personal questions like “How do I find love,” the answer you might get will probably be something along the lines of “Consider your appearance.” Or similarly, if you ask it something like “Should I write a book?” the answers you might come across will be “Ten reasons why you should not become a writer.” So, it might be safe to conclude that Google doesn’t take into account a lot of factors – and just gives you some of the most accessed topics – which it is.
Somewhat recently, Google has released the most frequently asked “how-to” questions from around the world. And even if they seem simple and innocent enough, they are among the deepest questions people have about life and the uncertainty of it.
Here are the top 10:
- how to tie a tie
- how to kiss
- how to get pregnant
- how to lose weight
- how to draw
- how to make money
- how to make pancakes
- how to write a cover letter
- how to make french toast
- how to lose belly fat
Now, as we’ve said before, these questions seem quite straightforward and specific. But behind them is what makes us human. These questions were translated and interpreted by reporter Annalisa Marelli, showing what these questions actually stand for, anxieties and all.
|Question||What you’re really asking|
|How to tie a tie||How do I grow up|
|How to kiss||How can I be vulnerable|
|How to get pregnant||How can I create a family|
|How to lose weight||Am I lovable|
|How to draw||Is there a cure for my existential ennui|
|How to make money||Can I find success|
|How to make pancakes||What’s the recipe for happiness|
|How to write a cover letter||Am I good enough|
|How to make french toast||Can I be carefree for a morning|
|How to lose belly fat||Can I be young forever|
Now, you are free to interpret these questions as you like, but there’s no denying that they go far deeper than they seem at the surface. And Google, for all its qualities, doesn’t see beyond what these questions specifically ask.
In this other chart below, we have Marelli’s answers to these questions. Again, you may answer them in your own way.
|How to tie a tie||Learn from the people you look up to|
|How to kiss||Like you mean it|
|How to get pregnant||Sex! (It doesn’t always work; worth trying repeatedly)|
|How to lose weight||Eat less; exercise more; love yourself at any weight|
|How to draw||Get colored pencils, paper, and go|
|How to make money||Be practical, but keep your soul happy|
|How to make pancakes||Have breakfast with someone you like. And use whole wheat flour. (Trust me.)|
|How to write a cover letter||There’s no right answer to this question, so be bold|
|How to make french toast||Make toast in Paris|
|How to lose belly fat||Your belly is probably fine|