Every year, Google likes to summarize what we as a people were most looking for. It breaks down the actors, athletes, news, shows, and general searches we watched the most. But if this year feels different, Google̵
Head over to the Google Year in Review page and it’s no surprise to see what pops up first: coronavirus. It’s at the top of both general searches and the news category. But other top results also hit home, such as Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman in the Loss section.
But a video Google released along with the trends drives the point home: The company is saying more than ever this year to questions starting with “ Why. ” But not all of our questions were doom and gloom.
This year we wanted to know, “Why is Mars red?” We have searched intensively for ‘why is the moon pink’. And according to Google, it wasn’t just the “why” we cared about; it was the ‘how’. This year we regularly searched for “how”, from “how to care for a dog” to “how to help during the coronavirus” and “how to donate blood.”
Changing the world seems to be in our collective mind; Google says we’ve searched twice as much for ‘how to change the world’ as ‘how to get back to normal’. We also searched twice as often for ‘how to donate money’ than for ‘how to save money’.
It’s easy to spot Google’s 2020 Year in Review search trends and spot the doom and gloom. But it is still worth looking through. For any result that seems negative, you can find a positive result. And you might find that you weren’t so alone, spending your time baking sourdough bread with everyone else.
You can view Google’s Year in Review on the Google Trends site.