OK, I’m going to put my neck on the line and say this: “I Tarzan, predict that we’re about to experience a massive pregnancy explosion – and no one is talking about it!”
This is NUTS. While doing some research for a project this evening on Google Trends, I decided to play around with some terms since pregnancy is obviously on my mind a lot lately.
Now to be honest with you, I found some shocking trends on pregnancy, birth control, and pens… more on that in a second. But first, I’m going to show you one of the most shocking charts and explain how all of these others tie into it. Take a look at this:
As you can see by the chart above, 2004-2006 the search volume for “how to get pregnant” on Google remained about the same, but then towards the end of 2006 there was a jump. After that small dip, searches continued to increase and by mid 2008, searches for how to get pregnant exploded and continue on a huge upward climb.
Now there are a few sides to this coin. First, all of the searches could be from teenagers. Second, there are a lot more people who are trying to get pregnant now and they are searching for information on how to, or a combination of the above.
Personally I have a feeling this could be connected to the rise in teen pregnancy – and if you’re wondering why the teen pregnancy rate recently reached an all-time high, check this out:
Out of curiosity, I wondered if those who are searching for “how to get pregnant” are doing any research on birth control? Well, as you can see above, the trend for the search “birth control” is on a slow downward trend.
Now I lied about the first chart being the most shocking… the one below paints a clear picture of what were in for:
This chart shows the Google search trend for “how to make a baby“.
Anyway, as expected, the search term “how to make a baby” is on upward trend since the end of 2007. Now check this out. I decided to dig a little deeper and see the ranking for “how to make a baby” by state and found the top 10 states who have people Googling the term:
As many of you know, the news reported recently that teen pregnancies were up for the first time in 15 years.
Ummm… I just realized that the date that they are talking about is from 2005-2006. See the CNN article here. Now take a look at the searches above. What went on between 2005 and 2006?
Not really too much. Just a small uptick in search volume.
I wonder if all of those who researched the data did some basic searches like I did above? If they saw the trends of people searching for “how to get pregnant” and “how to make a baby”, and then compared the end of 2006 with the end of 2008, I think they’d have a heart attack.
Tarzan’s prediction: Whenever they get to the data for 2008 (which will be in the year, what.. 2011?), they’re all going to freak out and put out a report with the title, “Uh, well, we didn’t see it coming, but pregnancy (possibly teen) went up 438,827% from 2007 to 2008. Oops.”
I hope I’m wrong (because of everything going on in the economy), but by looking at the charts above, I’d say we’re going to be in for a little mini baby boom.
I mean seriously, are people doing any of this research to see the trends of what terms people are researching right now? I think the writing on the wall is pretty clear. Here’s more proof of my little prediction above:
So this this chart, we’re looking at the search trends on Google for “pregnancy test”. 2007 had some bumps, but the bottoms remained about the same level. If you look at all of 2008, it’s on an upward trend. Jeesh, I feel like I’m looking at charts getting ready to invest in stock. Seriously though, if there was a “pregnancy stock” I’d be buying some right now based on all of this chart data!
As you can see at this very moment…
- There are more searches for “pregnancy test” on Google than ever before.
- There is a huge upward trend for the term, “how to make a baby”
- Searches for “birth control” are going down, down, down
And, if ALL the above still doesn’t convince those “researchers” that we’re about to hit a mini baby boom (remember, you heard it first from Tarzan!) then check the search trends on Google for the term, “am I pregnant”
Keep in mind the info they are reporting about teen pregnancies being the highest in 15 years is from data gathered between 2005 and 2006. Yes, if you look at the start of 2005 and the end or 2005 or 2006 it really does go up a little there.
But just wait until they look at the data from 2007… and 2008…. and see what is going on in 2009. Whew!
I have no clue what happened in the beginning of 2007 to make everyone start having sex and question if they’re pregnant. Very strange.
Now going back to the recent teen pregnancy study… I mean seriously, a quote from the CNN article that stands out is, “Not enough information available to say whether it’s a trend or a blip.”
A blip? Hey weirdo, Google isn’t the # 1 search engine in the world for nothing – and they don’t call the above research tool GOOGLE TRENDS for nothing. It’s not called Google Blips! Wake up! Get caught up with technology – and jump on this interwebernet we’re all using now-a-days.
If anyone happens to know who wrote that little blurb on the CNN website, please forward them this page. Oh, and shortly after you do, be sure to also send them a few bottles of Tylenol… and a bottle or two of whiskey.
Edit: Based on a comment below, I didn’t want people to think I’m targeting just teen pregnancies entirely here. I do understand that there are a lot of people in their 20′s and 30′s who want to and are trying to get pregnant and would make some of the searches above. However, no matter how you look at it, over the last year there have been more searches for “am I pregnant”, “how to make a baby”, etc. than ever before – and they are on a huge upward trend. So I predict we’ll be seeing a little baby boom here, whether it’s all from teens, all from people in their 20′s 30′s, or 40′s or a combination of. Hope that clears that up a little
Oh, I almost forgot… pens. Take a look at this chart:
Just what I thought. Pens are losing their flare because of computers. We’ve been on a downward trend for the search term “pens” from at least 2004, and that saddens me. I like pens. I don’t collect them per se, but I do have some nice pens that I like to use over a 99 cent Bic pen any day.
How does a pen tie into this whole pregnancy ordeal? Well, it’s funny actually… the
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