We should all be aware by now that the tech companies are vacuuming up all our information as we use the internet so that they can target ads towards us. All of us are familiar with how if we search for some item such as shoes, we then find shoe ads popping up in the pages that we subsequently visit. Since I surf the web a lot and do a lot of searches, mostly for news items, I find it amusing to see if I can identify what I have done recently that might have triggered an ad that appears. Often I can figure it out, either because of specific actions that I have taken or because the tech companies have general demographic information about me such as my age, gender, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, general habits, etc.
But there’s one ad that keeps appearing that puzzles me. It is one that promises a way to entirely empty my bowels every morning by following a one-minute routine. I have never clicked on the ad because I have never felt the need to do such a thing and do not even know if it is a good thing to do. I do not generally do health searches except if something is in the news, such as covid-19 and the vaccines, and I am curious about it.
I do know that there is a health fad known as ‘colon cleansing’ that is favored by people who seem to think that one’s intestines are full of toxic elements that need to be periodically removed but I have never bought into that idea. I cannot imagine that the revenue from this process is so great that they are targeting everyone with it. It must be something about me that is causing the ads to appear on the pages I visit. The only relevant factor I can think of is my age but as far as I am aware, this colon cleansing fad seems to be more popular with younger, health conscious people and celebrities, and none of those categories fit me. I was tempted to do some research to see who are the people who want to do this and why, but refrained because the very act of searching would result in more ads for it and who knows what other similar procedures.