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Memes Are Now Officially Bigger Than Jesus

Dave Parrack 26-10-2016

John Lennon once remarked that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus now”. This proved to be a controversial comment, especially in the United States. However, 50 years later and Memes are more popular than Jesus. And this time we have the data to back it up.


As first noted by Twitter user @kuwaddo, more people now search for “Memes” than “Jesus”. You can see the data for yourself by comparing the two search terms on Google Trends, just as we did here:


According to the comparison chart, Memes first overtook Jesus at the beginning of May. The pair then jostled for a while, before Memes began consistently trending above Jesus. The killing of Harambe, and the memes that followed, no doubt helped cement this transition.

The number of people searching for Jesus rather unsurprisingly spikes around Christmas and Easter, so don’t be surprised if Memes have to fight to remain on top. For now, however, Memes are bigger than Jesus. So says the Gospel according to Google.

What Does This All Mean? Nothing!

This offers an interesting insight into how the internet has changed our lives. It suggests people are more interested in finding funny memes to share with friends 5 People Who Became Memes, And How They Reacted These five people are great case studies for what happens when you go from Average Joe to Internet Meme overnight. Read More than they are finding religion. Which will be a good or a bad thing depending on your personal point of view.


It’s important to note, however, that people searching for “Jesus” are looking for information on one person. Whereas “Memes” is a vaguer term which can be applied to multiple pieces of content. Moreover, people are only likely to search for Jesus once, whereas they may search for Memes on a daily basis.

At the end of the day comparing search terms in this way should only ever be taken in a light-hearted manner. After all, you can compare all kinds of things on Google Trends and find some interesting results. For example, according to Google, Trump and Clinton are also both bigger than Jesus. Which I think we can all agree is a very bad thing.

Are you surprised to learn more people now search for “Memes” than search for “Jesus”? What do you think this says about society in the 21st century? What search terms have you compared on Google Trends? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Google, Google Trends, Meme, Web Trends.

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  1. Steve
    October 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Why Jesus?
    Why do you have to be rude and insulting? Couldn't have your comparison to something else?
    I thought MAKEUSEOF are better and bigger than this. Some of us see Jesus as LORD and we honour Him as such.
    I'm pretty disappointed.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Can you provide examples of the "rude and insulting" parts of this article? It's about search results, and I was careful not to be either of those things.

    • peter fitzsimmons
      October 26, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Sorry Steve, but I think you have missed the point of this article.
      It has nothing to do with religion or pointing out flaws in anybodies faith of choice.

      It is simply a notification of the fact that the word MEME is search for more than the word JESUS.

      It really is nothing to do with your faith.

      There are far more serious issues regarding oppression and denial of faith knocking about on the internet for you to take any serious issues with a non-biased factual article about internet searches.

      I don't want to sound mean, I am happy that you have faith in your life, and I hope you realise that this article is in no way shape or form disparaging to your religious choices.

      The comparison could have been something else but then the very first sentence wouldn't have meant much and - surely the fact that people are searching for memes rather than Jesus should be of great importance to religious people, such as yourself, as it be an indication of deeper troubles in ours lives (not really for debate on MOU).

      Just a thought for you mull over.

      • Dave Parrack
        October 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm

        Thank you, Peter. I certainly didn't write this to attack anyone's faith. I find the fact that more people now search for memes than Jesus fascinating. And thought some MUO readers would too. Nothing more, nothing less.