There’s really no better way to recap the past year than to go back over what people were busy typing into search engines as our planet made its way around the sun.
Google just released its “Year in Search” statistics, and it offers a pretty good glimpse into what was on our collective mind in the Year of our Lord 2018.
In the UK, the most popular overall search was, perhaps quite unsurprisingly, the World Cup, the 21st round of which took place this summer. Second place goes to one of the newest member of the British Royal Family, Meghan Markle.
The ceremony that brought her into said Royal Family, the Royal Wedding, takes third place.
Google, knowing that it’s still people’s go-to place for pretty much all the questions we’re too afraid to ask, also released stats for this year’s top “What is…” searches. The top two for 2018 are both tech related.
First place goes to the question all of us still only kind of, sort of, maybe know the answer to; “What is Bitcoin” — oh, NBD, just the most famous cryptocurrency in the world. Followed by “What is GDPR?” — the General Data Protection Regulation. It’s also worth mentioning that Brits were also busy googling their own national history. The fifth most popular “What is…” search is “What is the Commonwealth”.
The most googled movie was Black Panther and people apparently still have no idea how to do the floss dance, as this was one of the top “How to” searches. You can check out all the stats for yourself here.
Prediction: next year’s top google search will be “What is Brexit,” peaking right around March 29th.