The 'Great American Eclipse' is officially over. Does life have any meaning anymore?

All jokes aside, the phenomenon we witnessed yesterday is very rare, will be the last seen in the United States until 2044, per The Washington Post. So, United States citizens will have twenty years to learn better eclipse etiquette before their next attempt at viewing one.

What do I mean by that. Well, they'll have the chance to learn not to stare up at the sun without wearing any sunglasses during said eclipse. Apparently, this became a problem yesterday, and X user @ShalomGod proved it with this post:

So, apparently, there was a massive increase from Sunday to Monday in the total of Google searches for the phrase why do my eyes hurt.

You can't see me right now, but believe me, I'm shaking my head.

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With that in mind, I decided to do some investigating of my own, and see if I could prove it for myself. I went to the Google Trends homepage, and typed that phrase into the search bar. Then, I narrowed the search area to the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area to see if the Capital Region was falling victim to eclipse-related eye pain.

Here's what I found:

Google Trends
Google Trends

I had high hopes for Capital Region residents, but alas, a handful of us tried to be tougher than the sun, and came out on the losing end. What a shocking defeat.

READ MORE: Stunning Eclipse Photos From The Capital Region and Beyond

Other search terms that saw a boost activity in the Capital Region on Monday included sunglasses, eyewear, my eyes hurt and the sun blinded me.

I am not kidding about any of these, and you can check Google Trends if you don't believe me.

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Gallery Credit: Brian Cody TSM Albany