DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland may be enjoying stellar economic growth and seen as one of the best places in the world to live, but its inhabitants are apparently also the globe's loneliest.
Google Trends, which works out how many searches have been done via the Internet search engine on particular terms, showed the word "lonely" was entered most frequently by Internet users in Ireland: http://www.google.com/trends?q=lonely.
The Irish, enjoying new-found wealth and a flood of immigration following more than a century of economic decline, are followed in the misery stakes by residents of Singapore and New Zealand -- although Singaporeans are the most frequent searchers of "happiness."
Google Trends calculates the ratio of searches for a given term coming from each city, region or language divided by total Google searches coming from the same area.
Ireland's capital, Dublin, topped the city list for "lonely" searches, followed by Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.
In 2004, the Economist magazine named Ireland the best place to live in the world in a "quality of life" assessment.
No wonder, with so many of them everywhere else in the world.
Is there anyone actually left?
Ask Guinness, they will tell you abou their falling sales in the emerald isle. They shut the London brewery to prop up St James gate - not a good sales move to shut it, so they say!!!!
So, i don't think there is anyone left there, they aren't people you see but very clever holograms, or maybe is something else .......
[ Edit: Edited at May 15, 2006 8:53 AM by Guinness ]
It doesn't surprise me about Ireland, or New Zealand either, if you don't put it out there you can't expect anything else. I've been trying to make contact with people from both countries for some time, but they're too wrapped up in their own lives.No, not too busy.
[ Edit: Edited at May 15, 2006 7:28 PM by Fern1 ]
it suprises me. i always saw the irish as being really happy (despite the history) and kiwis too, maybe they are happy on the outside and crying on the inside..... i am as suprised as when i found out jim carey has spnt his whole life of prozac... such a funny sad man.... perhaps it has to do wih the weather, i grew up in the sunshine and whn i go to europe or nz i get cranky coz it is cold and windy..... or maybe it is the jim carey thing...