I understand if anyone doesn’t want to read this. But it says something about our society.
When typing “fit people are” into Google,* it helpfully tries to finish the thought for me, providing “more successful”, “happier”, “harder to kill”, and “smarter”. The search results are similar.
Typing in “thin people are” shows options like “better”, “beautiful”, and “more successful”. The top piece discusses the latest “moderately fat people live longer” study.**
Finally is the “fat people are” results: “gross”,” lazy”, and “stupid”.
Google doesn’t just index the web. It also aggregates what other sites are linking to and what people are searching for — and what they navigate to. The effort Google puts into making their search results find what people are looking for makes it also a somewhat accurate reflection of our society.
*Google does, over time, reflect what an individual has searched for in the past. As I frequently search for fat-positive items, these screenshots were generated using a browser I rarely use, where I wasn’t logged into Google. I’d also cleared the browser cache.
**If Google is using IP addresses to adjust results this may be due to my usual fat-positive bias. Might be helpful to know if anyone else sees this.
UPDATE: Several other folks get the same or similar results.
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