Google Searches for ‘World War 3’ Break Historic Record as Tensions Escalate

Friday, April 14, 2017
By Paul Martin
14 Apr, 2017

An increasing number of people around the world seem to be preoccupied with thoughts of a global military conflict, as amid growing tensions in the international arena the number of web searches for ‘World War 3’ has hit the highest level ever.

The number of ‘World War 3’ Google searches is at a high unseen since records started in 2004, according to Google Trends, the service that monitors search requests.

The interest by region statistics shows that the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and Pakistan are in the top 10 countries where citizens are looking for information about a potential global conflict. Perhaps oddly, the Philippines tops this list.

The new peak dwarfed the previous massive surge of interest in this topic that followed Turkey downing a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria in November 2015.

The service shows that the number of other war-related searches is also on the rise. Searches for ‘war’ and ‘nuclear war’ are at the highest levels since the start of the year, and the number of searches related to these topics continues to rise while the number of people searching for ‘Syria war’ has also reached a peak over the past 12 months.

The phrase ‘going to war’ also spiked to a record high recently, trumping its previous peak in August 2013, when then US President Barack Obama was considering military action against the Syrian government after reports of a chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta.

The spike in interest towards most war-related topics came just a day after current US President Donald Trump took the decision to launch cruise missiles against a Syrian military base, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province.

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