At PerfectRec, we use Google Trends a lot to track consumer interest in new electronics. But today, we decided to do something a little different and take a lightweight, quantitate look at a the "How often do men think about the Roman Empire" meme.
Sadly, Google doesn't let you explore search behavior by gender, but we were able to look at geography and timing.
Using Google Trends, we looked at which countries searched for "Roman Empire" the most as a percent of total Google searches over the past five years. The U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom jump out as home to many Empire obsessives. But the country that devotes the largest portion of their Google queries to the Roman Empire is Liberia in West Africa.
You might think it would be around some annual Roman-centric event, like the Ides of March. But the real answer seems to be people Google the Roman Empire when it becomes a massive internet meme.
We used Google Trends to look at the search history for the keyword "Roman Empire" over the past five years.
The line chart reflects global searches for "Roman Empire" over the past five years.
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