What type of questions are we asking from google and why is it a bad sign?

  1. Knowledge Based Questions : These kind of searches are information based i.e. people looking to gain their knowledge on events and other stuff happening around them.
  2. Application based questions : These types of searches were about finding the ways to do stuff. In these type of searches, people were looking for ways to do something.
  3. Deep dive questions : These searches were related to finding the root cause of various events/ questions etc. People who are interested in finding the causes of various events and beliefs ask “why” and make an attempt to do some analysis on why things happen the way they do.
Source : Google
  1. We humans are wired to do stuff rather than just knowing about it. Our curiosity makes us try out more stuff and try out new things.
  2. Low number of searches with “Why” can mean that people are less interested in finding the “Truth”. They are more interested in usefulness of information they are seeking.
  3. Most of the information sources, specially news media are focussed on telling us answers to “what” 99% of the time. Entire social media is based on providing the answer to “what” e.g. what is happening in other’s life, what type of clothes others are wearing, what are the places people are traveling etc.
  4. In my knowledge, except some ( to some extent youtube and websites like wikihow) there are not much information sources providing answer to “How”. This looks like quite an untapped opportunity.
  5. Most of the school education is also focussed on “What” and not “How”. I wonder, despite having evidence that people are naturally inclined for activities and activities also increase long term concept retention, mass adoption of activity based learning is still a work in progress.



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