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.

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“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 said 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 revealed that the common topics searched on Google are related to technology, geography, geometry, history, art, chemistry, literature, science, and physical education.

Inquiries on these topics were varied as well, with focus on the basic fundamentals of the subject. Among the findings of Google include:

* Technology-related searches primarily focus on basic computer subjects. Specific keyword search terms include the “brief history of computer, capabilities and limitation of a computer, hardware, and three kinds of technology.

* The definition of geography and related searches such as “ano ang mapa at globo, regions of asia, and kahulugan ng prime meridian”.

* One of the oldest sciences, Geometry, is popularly searched for by students from Batangas, Rizal, and Manila, particularly its history, definition, and the father of geometry.

* Swiss and Filipino students from Rizal look for art-related topics such as “ano ang sining” and “sining”. Students also looked for art-related events such as the 14th graphic expo and the French film festival, both held in June.

* In history, Filipinos from Rizal and Cavite searched for “kasaysayan,” “father of history,” and even “panatang makabayan,” perhaps a patriotic search after encountering the history of the Philippines.

* Titles of literary pieces such as The Happy Man by Naguib Mahfouz, Beowulf, The Apology of Socrates, and Pag-Ibig by Emilio Jacinto are searched for by students in relation to Literature.

* Filipino and foreign chemists are popularly searched for under Chemistry. Specific names include Father of Modern Chemistry Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, German organic chemist Friedrich Kekulie, and Filipino chemists such as Antonio Carlos Laurena, Ernesto del Rosario, Lani Rose Mateo, and Anacleto del Rosario.

* Science is the most searched topic, which includes search terms varying from the definition of earth science, branches of science, origin of the world, and a long list of accomplished Filipino scientists. Filipinos started their search by typing in specific keywords such as “foreign biologists and their contributions,” “mga teorya ng mundo,” “main division of science,” and “pinagmulan ng daigdig.”

* Physical education is popularly searched for by students from Cebu, Davao del Sur, and Rizal, with the keyword “what is physical education.” Other search terms under this topic include history, objectives, and components. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)