Defined: Googlebating

Sexy Google ImageGoog·le·bate: verb, -bat·ed, -bat·ing.

  • get searching gratification through keyboard-stimulation
  • manual stimulation of the keyboard (of yourself or another) for internet pleasure
  • to search the internet of (oneself or another) to achieve information discovery
  • refers to stimulation of a person’s keyboard, usually to the point of information-discovery. The stimulation can be performed manually, by other types of input (mouse, trackpad, voice-command), by use of objects or tools, or by some combination of these methods.  Self Googlebation is a common form of internet time wasting. Googlebation with a partner, called mutual Googling, is also common.  Men and women have Googlebation techniques and characteristics in common, but also have specific preferences in the ways they like to Googlebate or be Googlebated. Studies have found that Googlebation is frequent in advanced internet users and beginners and across all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude to the internet in general and to Googlebation in particular, and no causal relationship is known between Googlebation and any form of mental or physical disorder. Acts of Googlebation have been celebrated in art worldwide since the internet became popular. While there was a period (spanning between the late 1990’s and early 2004) when it was subject to social censure and social conservatism, it is considered a normal part of healthy internet life today. There have been Googlebation marathons and internet service slogans such as “an search a day keeps the doctor away”. It is commonly mentioned in popular music as well as on television, in films and in literature.

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