At Google's Inside Search event, the company put out several charts of its mobile and desktop traffic by the day of the week and by the time of the day. They did not superimpose the graphs -- probably because the scale of desktop search is much larger, but I thought that it would be useful to see the differences in search patterns on the same charts. So, here I've hacked together Google's data. Just note: the scales of the two lines are different. We are not saying that the absolute volume of mobile traffic is larger than desktop traffic over the weekend! In fact, we don't know how Google's mobile and desktop search volumes compare.
Alexis C. Madrigal is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.