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UK Teenagers Believe Google Ranks Sites By Truthfulness

A sizable proportion of teenagers aged between 12 and 15 surveyed by Ofcom believe that the search engine giant Google relies upon “truthfulness” as the main criterion for including websites into its search results.

The telecommunications watchdog' report revealed that around 32 percent of the children questioned, believed “truthfulness” as the key measure being used by Google in indexing its search results.

However, as many as 37 percent of the teenagers surveyed believed “usefulness” and “relevance” as the principal criteria for placing websites in its search results, whereas a small minority even conceived that the websites paid to be featured at the top of the search engine giant’s search results.

This shows that Google is not only feted world over for its massive indexing of websites, but it also scores incredibly on the authenticity part and came a long way in imbuing faith in the internet community, including children.

The document further showed that around 69 percent of teenagers have now become more conscious about their security online, as they are now employing effectual security checks to restrict free access to their profiles on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

It further disclosed that while the internet usage at home is constantly supervised by a majority of parents, internet access at mobile phones hardly see any monitoring or checks.

Our Comments

Google has taken over the world and for many is the first window on the internet. It is therefore commendable that Google launched a website to introduce people to the most important piece of software on their computer.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.