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Is interest in Atheism dying on the vine?

☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/07/11 20:38:52
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Charts indicating that atheism is heading for trouble in the USA in 2012

As can be seen in the upper graphs of the Google Trends graphs below, people are showing less and less and less interest in atheism and prominent atheists in the first part of 2012 especially beginning in April:

1. Google trends for the search atheists in 2012:

atheism prominent atheists 2012 april 1 nbspgoogle search atheists 2012
2. Google trends for the search atheist in 2012:

1 nbspgoogle search atheists 2012 2 nbspgoogle search atheist 2012
3. Google trends for the search atheism in 2012:

2 nbspgoogle search atheist 2012 3 nbspgoogle search atheism 2012
4. Google trends for the search Richard Dawkins in 2012:

nbspgoogle search atheism 2012 4 nbspgoogle search richard dawkins 2012
5. Web traffic for RichardDawkins.net according to Alexa.com:

search richard dawkins 2012 5 nbspweb traffic richarddawkins net alexa
6. Web traffic to Richarddawkins.net - unique visitors a month - Compete.com - 4/2011 to 4/2012

6 web traffic richarddawkins net unique visitors compete 42011 42012


7. Google trends for the search PZ Myers in 2012:

visitors compete 42011 42012 7 nbspgoogle search pz myers 2012
Want to see some dramatic charts showing that atheism has had a bad 5 years?

Read More: http://questionevolution.blogspot.com/2012/05/2012...

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  • Zuggi 2012/07/11 20:40:33
    No.
    Zuggi
    +8
    Are you srsly claiming that these google search stats show atheism is declining?

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  • ☆ElenaD... Radical Ed 2012/07/11 20:50:55
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    Well, I mean yes. Google is a great indicator of what is trending currently. For example.

    Google trends election: Note the peaks in ever election year right about November.
    http://www.google.com/trends/...

    Obama: Note the peak of 2008 http://www.google.com/trends/...

    Its a good indicator in what is currently interesting people yes.
  • Radical Ed ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/11 20:55:11 (edited)
    Radical Ed
    +2
    seems pretty normal to me:

    atheism
    atheism

    atheist
    atheist

    christianity
    christianity
  • ☆ElenaD... Radical Ed 2012/07/11 20:57:35
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    The links aren't working.
  • Radical Ed ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/11 20:58:34
    Radical Ed
    fixed
  • ☆ElenaD... Radical Ed 2012/07/11 21:00:13
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    Yes I see, none of that disproves that interest in Atheism isn't dying only that interest in christianity is also declining.
  • Radical Ed ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/11 21:04:22
    Radical Ed
    +1
    i thought we were going by Google trends, interest in atheists/atheism is actually increasing.
  • ☆ElenaD... Radical Ed 2012/07/11 21:07:19
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    not in 2012. Look at it closely. we are going by google trends. Narrow your year to the last 12 months.
  • Radical Ed ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/11 21:11:08 (edited)
    Radical Ed
    +2
    By understanding of any form of statistics is that the more information/samples you have the more accurate predictions can be made. Removing everything before 2012 limits trend lines and provides a very small pool of data to look at. By limiting it then you do not get the full picture and the data itself becomes inaccurate.
  • ☆ElenaD... Radical Ed 2012/07/11 21:18:02
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    6 months is a trend.
  • Radical Ed ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/11 21:25:44
    Radical Ed
    +3
    depends on the data field we are considering. since it is about interest or something that includes a large population then i would say it would have to be several years at least. as an example, here is the nation census of religious belief/ non-belief over several years.

    includes large population years nation census religious belief non-belief years

    You can clearly see the same correlation from this with that of those from Google trends. I still think taking information from Google is a bad idea to conduct any form of information gathering. anything can cause a fluctuation in that, from a news report around the subject to the recent reason rally in Washington.
  • Radical Ed Radical Ed 2012/07/11 20:59:56
    Radical Ed
    +1
    from what i can see, there is a distinct correlation between the decreasing searches for christianity and the increasing of searches concerning atheist.
  • ☆ElenaD... ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/11 20:55:56
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    Crap LInks aren't working. I will fix it.

    election

    Obama trend
  • Rubyking 2012/07/11 20:42:34
    Yes.
    Rubyking
    +2
    because more people are becoming agnostic
  • ☆ElenaD... Rubyking 2012/07/11 20:45:08
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    Have any stats to back that up?
  • Rubyking ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/11 21:00:06
    Rubyking
    huh... the more you know...
  • ☆ElenaD... Rubyking 2012/07/11 20:48:17
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    Actually it is slightly down too.

    http://www.google.com/trends/...
  • Zuggi 2012/07/11 20:40:33
    No.
    Zuggi
    +8
    Are you srsly claiming that these google search stats show atheism is declining?
  • ☆ElenaD... Zuggi 2012/07/11 20:44:57
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    Interest in it is apparently.

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