with the web now at our fingertips everywhere we go, there’s always somewhere to go to find the answers to life’s most pressing questions.
New research conducted by online smartphone retailer, Mobiles.co.uk2 reveals three-quarters (75 per cent) of the nation use a search engine as their first port of call for life’s little questions, with four in ten (40 per cent) of us using our smartphones to ask Google a question at least once per day, and women more likely to do this (44 per cent) than men (36 per cent).
Here are twenty of the funniest (and sometimes weirdest) things the nation has asked their smartphones recently:
1. Do cockerels crow when they feel like it?
2. How many toes does a rhinoceros have?
3. Why is your face on your head?
4. Why does cucumber taste like shampoo?
5. What is the average weight of a panda?
6. What is the length of spaghetti?
7. How can I grow taller?
8. Does the Mandela Effect confirm the existence of a parallel universe?
9. Can helicopters fly upside down?
10. What is the lifespan of a mayfly?
11. How do I get my husband a brain transplant?
12. Who let the dogs out?
13. What percentage of people have seen a ghost?
14. What is the funniest joke in the world?
15. Where are my keys?
16. How does a giraffe clean its ears?
17. What happens to old false legs?
18. Where can I find gold?
19. Why don’t ducks feet stick to ice?
20. How can I make a time machine?
Dr Jacobus Liebenberg, Mind Brain Education researcher and CEO of ITSI, said: “Technology becomes an extension of who we are and humans are inherently inquisitive. Smartphones answer our need for immediacy. Before, if you had a question about something, you would have had to go to a library to look up the information. Now, you wonder, you query, you get an answer.
“On the point of intelligence - the way in which we use smartphones builds on foundational knowledge. Learning anywhere, anytime - sometimes informally - while being in the world. Information is available in unprecedented ways - and that makes you more intelligent. We also tend to share the information we search for (on our smartphones) with others too.”