Increasingly. I find that I do not even check to see how google is ranking my site. I care more about what my usqiers are doing on my site. if I fail to build a site that people love to use, it probably will not matter how much traffic google decides to send it to my site. but if I do a good job on my site, users will like to visit often, and most likely google will send me traffic. but the key here is that I did not start thinking about google. I started thinking about my users.
Because Google is an best search engine comparing to other search engine, mostly millions of people use to search in Google, as it have the latest updates with it, i m not saying other search engine is not having updates. But Google gives more traffic and preference to the new sites.