Trends Regarding Sexual Assault
With the social climate in the United States surrounding the topic of sexual assault recently, it only seems rational that there have been spikes in Google searches for the more celebrity sexual predators: Dr. Larry Nassar and actor Aziz Ansari, especially in the last 30 days. Both men have been under scrutiny in this past month over their gross misconduct toward women.
Just four days ago, Nassar was sentenced to 175 years for assaulting over 150 women during his time as an athletic doctor. This is likely the reason why his name was searched for the most on January 24, the day of his now infamous sentencing. Judge Aquilina stated in court, “I just signed your death warrant.”
Nassar was previously a physician at Michigan State University, before he was a physician for the Women’s United States Gymnastics team, which may also explain why Michigan was the state that had the most Google searches for the doctor. With the amount of victims and overwhelming evidence, it is clear that Nassar was guilty of the crimes he was accused of.
Aziz Ansari, on the other hand, is a little bit of a different case. Although he too is an individual held in high esteem and social status, just like Nassar, not as many people were searching his name as much as they were Nassar, even at the peak of the Ansari scandal. Aziz was accused of forcing a woman to perform sexual acts on him following the post-Oscars celebrations.
The more details that emerged about the Ansari scandal, the more that the story seemed more of a misunderstanding (or stupidity) of both parties, and less of an actual crime worthy of being searched. Because the story was picked apart quickly, the trends in Google searches for Ansari quickly dwindled as did his “little” mishap.
Trends Regarding Suicide
In the last month, famous Viner and YouTube star, Logan Paul, made possibly the worst career move he could have ever made. In the transitioning days into 2018, Logan Paul posted a video in a Japanese forest, dubbed the “Suicide Forest” by locals. In this video, Paul and his companions come upon a dead, hanging body, to which they begin to laugh and make jokes at the man who killed himself, sparking outrage.
Since this incident, searches for both Logan Paul and suicide increased in the same time frame in the United States in the last month since the video came out. Although Paul has millions of teeny bopper fans (that are probably Google searching him on the daily), the trend following his name was quite low until this incident. Many fans rushed to his defense, but there is not much you can defend when making fun of someone taking their own life.
As malicious and disappointing as the Logan Paul video was, it sparked a very necessary conversation among people, especially Americans who make up most of his audience, to speak about suicide and mental health. In response to the hate he was receiving, Logan Paul even came out with a YouTube video on suicide prevention, which is too little too late (and incredibly phony).
In my opinion, he was more upset about YouTube demonetizing his videos than he was sorry for his actions and disrespect to the man in the video. However, being a personal advocate for mental health, I am glad that someone did something so stupid that it helped others to try to be more knowledgeable about suicide, based on the patterns of the searches of the topic.