The Nasty Country Search

I’ve always had a certain interest in the ironic and hypocritical, particular when it involves countries or people that protest. Waving their figure at us for our immorality, while failing to take a moment to look in the mirror.

This educational but disturbing photo essay was inspired by a recent report from FoxNews regarding this very issue, explored through the use of Google Trends.

Google Trends is a service that allows you to research the popularity of search terms in relation to the geographic location of the user – which terms are popular, and in which countries and cities.

So, I decided to dig in examine some of the most popular search terms on some of the nastiest of topics being searched on from around the world. You won’t see any nasty pictures or links here, but what you will see in the charts that follow are the search terms being investigated and the popularity by region.

See if you can spot anything consistent in the region list. Hint: The #1 region tends to dwarf other regions when it comes to the nastiest searches, and it’s also a region where the government actively censors web sites and criticizes services like Facebook over things like stick figure drawings.

Just to put these numbers into perspective …

The United States has a population of 310-million people, with an estimated 231-million Internet users. Pakistan has a population of 177-million, with an estimated 18.5-million Internet users. America has 12.5 times the Internet user base of Pakistan. [Source: CIA World Factbook]

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