MANILA -- Just three weeks after school gates opened, search engine leader Google has already mapped out search trends in the increasingly popular research tool of young Filipinos today -- the Internet.

In a report released by Google Philippines late Friday, the search engine found out that it has been second nature now for students to turn to the Internet for answers to their assignments, be it the definition of geography to the achievements of Filipino scientists.

“Where before they would crack open an encyclopedia or purchase an almanac, Filipinos are now turning to the Web to get the answers they need,” Google said.

Using Google’s monitoring tool Zeitgeist, the company revealed that high school students are the most common users of the Internet, coming from urban and sub-urban areas of Manila, Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Cebu and Davao del Sur.

Language

The use of both English and Filipino in classroom teachings were also reflected on the student’s preferred keywords on Internet browsing.

Google search trends show that students from Manila, Batangas, Rizal, and Cavite generally search using Filipino terms, which include the following: Ano ang mapa at globo (What is a map and a globe?), Ano ang sining (What is art?), Mga kapatid ni Rizal (The siblings of Jose Rizal), Alamat ng daigdig (The legend of the Earth), Mga teorya ng mundo (Theories of the world), Sangkap ng komunikasyon (Elements of communication).

Topics

The same report also revealed that the common topics searched on Google are related to technology, geography, geometry, history, art, chemistry, literature, science, and physical education. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)