I have no problem with advertising etc. but the tracking and selling of data is such an idiotic thing. We as consumers should have a global internet-law, and be reimbursed for data leaks or usage outside the scope of the application.
By no problem with ads I mean the original ads of google. Very clear they were ads and not intermingled with the results. Scrolling down for the results is nuts. I will click ads if they’re relevant, regardless of if they’re on the right or in the results. So please stop supporting this fraud against advertisers.
Instead, what might help DDG is a plugin that detects when you go past the first or second page of Google search results, and suggests that you might get better results on DDG. It's a little intrusive, but the mental nudge becomes "$oldReliableStrategy has flaws, try $newRiskyStrategy". You get a positive emotional interaction with DDG rather than "forcing" yourself to use it all of the time and "failing back" to Google.