I virtually never use Google.com, instead I use startpage or duckduckgo - really, both are great search engines (technically startpage piggybacks off Google, but anyway...), and they both actually care about your privacy, on top of not being the NSA's slut.
I hate Google and I'm gradually dropping their services. I used Google Voice for years and no longer do (I deleted my account), and I deleted one of my main Gmail accounts. I eventually would like to drop almost everything - and I would like to say "everything," but they're clearly a monopoly now when it comes to online advertising - why? Because TOO MANY PEOPLE use Google and think there is no good alternative.
Everyone should go on a search engine that actually respects your privacy and search for "why google sucks" - it'll enlighten you.