The Ministries of Truth must save us from ourselves and the potential for thoughtcrime.
I just read Marc's post on page 1, so to expand on my previous comment for those pursuing a reduction in google use, while online anonymity is pretty much impossible, a vpn is a good start, and whatever browser you use, consider installing some add-ons - https://www.privacytools.io/browsers/#addons
The add-ons will sometimes prevent images and videos from appearing on certain sites, but you can disable them for individual sites.
If you use firefox, adjust the settings - https://www.privacytools.io/browsers/#about_config
Rooting your phone to remove google is not something you'd do unless you were confident of success (or had an old phone to experiment with), but the xda developers forums are the place to research.
I can feel a rant coming on, so I'll leave it there. I enjoy the feeling of being google and social media free, but I understand it doesn't suit everyone.
I'm no tech expert, but let me know if you have any questions.