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(Telegraph)   How Google became our closest online confidante, which is why millions of people turn to it every day to answer personal questions such as "Does he love me?", "Why won't he have sex with me?" and "How is babby formed?"   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 3
    More: Interesting, Google, MMR vaccine, Tropical Medicine, Seychelles, Thomas Piketty, American Psychologist  
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2014-07-27 04:25:45 PM
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As an admittedly stupid person, I've learned the hard way that people automatically expect you to have some level of knowledge.  If you don't have that level of knowledge for whatever reason (for example, bad upbringing or learning disability) then people will treat you with contempt for not knowing it.

If you don't know how babby is formed because you live in a sexually repressed community and your family censors that information from you, then when you move out into the real world at eighteen and want to know about how babby is formed, people will treat you like crap because you don't already know.  Instead of answering your earnest questions, they will ridicule and shame you for your supposedly inherent stupidity, and they'll assume that the only reason you don't know is because you have decided to be ignorant and out of touch.  (Not that I'm bitter over this experience or anything.)

People like getting answers from Google or other sites because there isn't judgment for asking these questions, or at least there's anonymous judgment that is not personally linked to you.  You can ask whatever idiotic question you want, and no one in your daily life will have to know how stupid you really are.  That way, you can live your life pretending to be a smart and capable person like everyone else and get the answers you need.  Win win.

TL;DR.  Google is our closest confidante because people suck.
2014-07-27 09:44:07 AM
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I'm guessing because it's easy to access, provides immediate response and that response probably isn't "haha WHAT?!"

Most of the more nefarious aspects are buried under its helpfulness.
2014-07-27 09:05:16 AM
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Pretty sure Yahoo is the original source for all things "babby."
 
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