Google Trends shows interest in atheism is at its lowest in recent years
Data from Google Trends, a Google website that analyzes the popularity of top search queries in Google search in various regions and languages, revealed that interest in and curiosity about atheism across the world are currently at their lowest.
Atheism, in general, is the criticism and negation of metaphysical beliefs in God or in spiritual beings. In the broadest sense, atheism is an absolute absence of belief in the existence of God. It differs from theism, which affirms the reality of the divine and often seeks to demonstrate its existence. Atheism is also distinguished from agnosticism, which leaves open the question of whether or not there is a god, claiming to find unanswered or unanswered questions.
Here are the trends in atheism across the world including India:
Analysis of search queries from around the world reflected on Google Trends reveals that there is a real decline in the concept of atheism over the course of the year. Interest in atheism across the world was at its peak during the period 2004-2006, but it gradually waned over the following years, with 2021 being the year with the lowest research interest.
The trend of atheism search queries in the United States for the same time period is very similar to the curve shown for the whole world. In America, interest in atheism was at its peak in 2004, as the peak in the graph below shows that there were more people pursuing atheism then than the number currently enthralled. by concept.
In India, too, interest in atheism is slightly higher than the all-time low, which was recorded during the period from May 2015 to early 2021. The Google Trends chart shows enthusiasm for it. atheism was at its peak during the first decade of the 21st century. The intermittent peaks of the curve show that there was considerable interest in atheism in India until 2010, after which time it declined sharply and continues to remain at lower levels.
The United Kingdom
The graph for the UK, however, is rather intriguing. In the early 2000s, the trend of interest in atheism mirrored the global trend, with the highest being recorded between 2004 and 2006. Interest in atheism over the next few years was on the decline, but it was nonetheless substantial. It was only after 2015 that the trend slowed sharply, suggesting that the concept of atheism was losing ground among the British. Interestingly, this was the time when the UK was polarized by the Brexit deal and ultimately voted outside the European Union.
Atheism in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has always been almost non-existent, perhaps because Islam forbids apostasy and prescribes strict punishment for atheists. Data from Google Trends seems to support this claim. The data shows that Pakistanis have not been won over by the concept of atheism and that interest in research has remained low for most of the years, except for a few occasional spikes.
The reasons for the decline in interest in atheism may be many, given that some of its greatest advocates, such as Sam Harris, fell victim to Trump Derangement Syndrome. Lack of interest in atheism also does not automatically translate into a decline in atheism and a rise in religiosity. However, Google Trends indicates that people’s curiosity or interest in atheism is waning.
Moreover, one of the biggest assertions of atheists during the first decade of the 21st century was that religion was particularly responsible for most of the evils that persist in the world today. But given how the biggest human rights violators in the world today are China, a communist state, and the United States, a secular state, even atheists may realize that ‘they cannot continue to make the same arguments in good faith.
With the destabilization of the Middle East by the United States in the second decade of the century, the steam has died down in the “atheist movement” and people have realized that most of the problems in the world today ‘ hui are not the consequence of an answer to a single question: “Do you believe in the existence of God? In short, people are way beyond the fashion that gained momentum in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack.