IGT = Interesting Google Trends
(Maybe a series of posts exploring what Google Trends can tell us about education-related things)
Here’s a graph of how the term “vaping” is trending on Google Search in the US:
Our own kids, who are in high school in a local district, say that vaping is “everywhere”. Kids are vaping in class, in bathrooms, in hallways. A lot of their talk is about how large numbers of kids are addicted to it.
Google Trends would support their observations, as vaping searches have skyrocketed, with only one odd dip, from 2013 to the present. It’s now at an all-time high and trending upwards still. The term started showing up in 2011, but didn’t become a thing until 2013.
On a national scale, Minnesota is 44th nationally in interest, with a score of 60 out of 100. West Virginia and Idaho show the highest interest. Virginia, oddly considering its proximity to West Virginia, is #50, but still at a 53 out of 100.