People Are Googling 'Memes' More Than 'Jesus Christ'

We did it, Millennials. Those dank memes are officially more popular than Jesus Christ himself.

I mean that statistically.

This makes sense. I see a lot of memes on my social media, but only a few posts about Jesus Christ from a religious family member on Facebook.


Thanks to the brave Twitter user @Kuwaddo, we now know for a fact that "memes" have finally surpassed our Lord and savior "Jesus Christ" in our collective search history.

What does that say about us?

We are obsessed with these bizarre inside jokes that we share with our best friend, the internet.

Of course, "Jesus Christ" tends to spike in popularity during Christian holidays.

You've probably asked something like, "Why does Santa exist if we're celebrating Jesus Christ's birthday?" or "What do chocolate bunnies and colored eggs have to do with Jesus Christ?"

However, there has been a huge spike of searches for "memes" since 2011.

If you don't recall, 2011 is when Instagram launched...

If you're wondering, Wikipedia claims "memes" began way back in 1976,

The word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book 'The Selfish Gene,' as an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads; [i]nternet memes are a subset of this general meme concept specific to the culture and environment of the [i]nternet.

Where would we be as a society without Jesus Christ planking and the Harlem shake?

This is pretty huge for memes, as Christianity boasts around 2.2 billion followers in the world who are devoted to the church.

Of course, we should say that just because a GOOGLE TREND PROVED IT TO BE TRUE, it isn't really a great indicator of which of the two is actually more popular.

But it is a great way to compare the relative popularity of two subjects on Google.

For instance, if you compare my name and anyone else in the planet in Google Trends, Google will ask you "Hope Schreiber who??? Didn't she die in 1692 during the Salem Witch Trials?"

Citations: How to use Google Trends to win any argument (The Verge)