The Things That Facebook Causes, According To Google, Yahoo & Bing

I had a good chuckle over the news yesterday that Facebook apparently has caused an increase in syphilis (or not). So reported the Daily Telegraph, which turns around today to add that to a list of other things Facebook supposedly causes, such as cancer or a surge in rickets. Anything missing? How about asking Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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All those search engines automatically suggest things to search for, as you begin typing. The suggestions come from looking at their records of popular searches that are being done by millions of people. So wondering what many people think that Facebook causes? Just type that in and see what suggestions come up!

On Google, it’s like this:

Facebook Causes, According To Google

Going down that list, we learn

  • Facebook causes divorce
  • Facebook causes application [this confused me at first. It's probably the Facebook Causes application, says Marshall Kirkpatrick ]
  • Facebook causes depression
  • Facebook causes donations [hey, something positive!]
  • Facebook causes internet explorer to crash [clearly unfair to investor and partner Microsoft]
  • Facebook causes app [probably to crash]
  • Facebook causes jealousy
  • Facebook causes problems [see, Facebook is the universal cause of all problems]
  • Facebook causes statistics [probably stats on things that Facebook causes]
  • Facebook causes cancer [it was in the Daily Mail; it must be true]

Over at Yahoo, we get many of the same things:

Facebook Causes, According To Yahoo

Facebook Causes, According To Yahoo

Facebook again causes issues such as problems, divorce, cancer and depression. But we also get new things that Facebook causes:

  • Facebook causes affairs
  • Facebook causes breakups
  • Facebook causes jealously
  • Facebook causes reentry
  • Facebook causes non profits

I’m not sure what reentry might mean. Perhaps a reentry into a new relationship after all those breakups? “Facebook causes non profits” is fascinating? Causes them to succeed? To suffer? To emerge out of nowhere? Or as Angie Pascale suggests, maybe its people looking for a list of non-profits that use the Facebook Causes application.

Bing’s boring as a crystal ball into what people might think Facebook causes, listing only divorce:

Facebook Causes, According To Bing

By the way, people searching for the things that Facebook causes has reached a new high, at least according to Google Trends, which shows the volume of searches over time that have happened containing those two words:

Facebook Causes, According To Google

Part of that increase may be people who are simply looking for “Facebook Causes,” as in the application. But that chart includes any search with the words “facebook causes,” so other things are mixed in.

Keep in mind that what people search for isn’t an indicator that something is actually true. People searching for something like “Facebook causes cancer” may have heard a rumor and are trying to find out more.

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  • davidthemavin

    What does Twitter cause? Not much surprisingly.

  • normalslife

    Facebook Causes app is also probably related to “Facebook Causes” application (you know, like “1 million strong to stop dog fighting”).
    Actually, you can see the results, which is all about the “Facebook Causes” application:
    I imagine that’s where they were going with the “Facebook Causes cancer” thing as well… you know, “raise cancer awareness by joining this cause.”


    -.- FYI, the “Facebook causes donations” does not mean that Facebook actually causes donations, it’s a search query relevant to making donations to a specific Facebook cause. How hard is that to get?!

  • dakisan

    Nice one. Try typing “Google causes”

  • Drmgiver

    According to some, it actually does cause cancer.

  • hispanianet

    This can’t be serious…I undestand that these services are jealous with Facebbok, that’s receive more traffic that them but this litle joke could cause legal actions…

  • KennedyPittman

    The “Causes” app quickly became one of the most popular applications on FB with over 24million users. That is surely a lot of what you are seeing.

  • syscomm

    It seems that Facebook is the root of all things, bad or good! Facebook does not cause anything, it’s the users that are causing. Facebook just offers an arena of us to prove our good behaviour.

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