SEP 08, 2017 12:47 PM PDT

Your Internet History Says a Lot About You

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


Whether you're searching Bing, Google, Yahoo, or any other the other major search engines, or just a website like Amazon or YouTube, you leave behind a search history that can say a lot about you.

Although you might take to the computer to search online for stuff that you'd never talk about in person, many websites anonymously collect search query data. Interestingly, studies involving this data reveal how people have curiosities that can tell a story about who they really are.

These search results can then be connected demographically to specific locations or other attributes, like age, race, religion, and many others. Websites don't typically know this much about you from the start, but merely conducting several searches can provide clues that build an identity; this is the same concept behind the game 20 Questions.

Understanding how these statistics are collected and used is a constant reminder that your internet browsing isn't private. On the other hand, it can also be interesting to know where everyone's minds are at, and this video provides fairly good insight.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUN 01, 2020
Plants & Animals
Sifaka Lemurs Endure Dangerous Ventures to Find Food
JUN 01, 2020
Sifaka Lemurs Endure Dangerous Ventures to Find Food
Sifaka lemurs exist in families of such large numbers, that even an entire cluster of massive trees isn’t fruitful ...
JUN 04, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Hydrogen-Powered Tankers Could Be the Future Face of Global Logistics
JUN 04, 2020
Hydrogen-Powered Tankers Could Be the Future Face of Global Logistics
International trade heavily depends on gigantic cargo ships to transport goods across oceans, and a majority of these ma ...
JUN 07, 2020
Plants & Animals
Everything You Need to Know About the Tawny Frogmouth
JUN 07, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About the Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) are a captivating species of nocturnal bird that, although owl-esque in terms of ...
JUN 08, 2020
Earth & The Environment
Unlocking Deep Ocean Mysteries with eDNA
JUN 08, 2020
Unlocking Deep Ocean Mysteries with eDNA
The ocean remains largely unexplored, and the ocean’s twilight zone is of key interest to researchers. Named for t ...
JUN 25, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Did Scientists Just Discover the Smallest Black Hole Known to Man?
JUN 25, 2020
Did Scientists Just Discover the Smallest Black Hole Known to Man?
An array of antennas in the US and Italy, known as the International LIGO-Virgo Collaboration, received some unusual rea ...
JUL 14, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Thermoluminescence Dating: How Heating Ancient Pots Can Help Determining Their Age
JUL 14, 2020
Thermoluminescence Dating: How Heating Ancient Pots Can Help Determining Their Age
Radiometric dating is an effective method for determining the age of the material, whether a mineral or a piece of organ ...
Loading Comments...