Because of my interest in fashion, I wanted to find out how many belts the average woman owns. I thought I would do a quick Google search and have my answer in the form of an article or study in just a few minutes. I thought wrong.
Instead of typing and clicking through a short search, I spent several minutes crafting different queries for different search engines. I repeated my search over and over again on different search engines, but no matter how I phrased my query, I received results that were not only useless, but offensive. They were ludicrous enough to warrant screenshots just to prove that they happened. Here are two of the worst examples:
Google seemed determined to give me search results that involved shoes instead of belts. Also, what's up with the articles on poor people, bras, and infertility?
What the... I don't even... there are no words for this. I might never use Bing again. Never. Again.
I haven't always had such bad luck searching for things on Google and Bing. I used to feel like I was pretty good at finding whatever I was looking for. But lately, messed up search results like these happen to me with greater frequency. I frequently give up in the middle of searching for something without ever finding an answer. On the plus side, life is more mysterious and awe-inspiring. On the minus side, I still don't know how many belts are owned by the average American woman.
I'd cite examples of other people who say they've experienced problems with search result relevancy, but I tried using Google and Bing to find them and didn't discover satisfactory results. This is the kind of irony that Alanis Morissette could get behind.