War and Religion: What I learned from Google Trends

War, what is it good for?

The word “war” has had ups and downs in Google search history over the past five years, but hit a noticeable spike around late April and early May of 2016.

The cause of the spike is unclear, but searches peaked near the day hardliner President Rodrigo Duterte won the Philippine Presidency, and when tensions were rising over disputes in the South China Sea.

Around the same time, the world witnessed an Armenian and Azerbaijani clash in a separatist region of Azerbaijan, and an acceleration of fighting in Syria.

Losing — and Google searching — my religion.

Over the past five years, Islam was the most highly searched term, compared to five of the most commonly practiced religions.

And while is Islam is the most-searched religion, the faith comes in second place off the web, according to Pew Research Center.

In terms of the number of followers worldwide, the most commonly practiced religions are, in order: Christianity, Islam, Atheism/Unaffiliated, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Islam has 1.6 billion followers worldwide and accounts for about 23 percent of the global population. It is the only religious group projected to increase more rapidly than the world’s population as a whole over the next 30 years.

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