Google Trends: The Mind of Utah

John Dehlin Mormon Stories

This is a great article. Very interesting. It discusses specific serach terms in which Utah or certain Utah cities are among the most common in the world.

“Consider that predominantly Mormon, family-friendly Utah leads the nation in searches on such terms as LDS Church President “Gordon Hinckley,” “Jesus,” the “second coming,” “scrapbooking,” “baby names,” “potty training,” “quilting,” “Barbie” and the sappy 1980 romantic movie “Somewhere in Time.”

Utahns also apparently are hungry, and guilty about subsequent feasting. Salt Lake City ranked No. 1 in the nation searching for “Twinkies,” “smores,” “cookies,” “chocolate” and “fry sauce” . . . and for “bulimia” and “anorexia.”

The Beehive State also loves professional basketball, ranking No. 1 nationally for the term “NBA draft,” and its sports jones extends to the nearby slopes of the Wasatch Range: Salt Lake City is No. 3 for “skiing,” trailing only snow meccas such as Denver and one of its suburbs.

But explanations fail for some other search entries for which Salt Lake City computer users take top ranking: “Sponge Bob Square Pants,” “sheep,” “earwigs,” and “boogers.” Utah’s capital also has a strange interest in “gerbils,” second only to Cincinnati.

And there apparently are more than a few Utahns looking over their shoulders as they troll the Internet realms of the salacious and fetishism. Salt Lake City ranks No. 1 for the term “panties,” loses out only to Detroit for the voyeuristic “up skirt” search, and is No. 3 – runner-up to first place Meriden, Conn., and No. 2 St. Louis – for “masturbation.” “