Google every year release a list of most popular searches in the particular year and the trends it reveals are pretty incredible. It looks like last year we’ve searched more for “hope” than “fear,” which is encouraging in and of itself.
Want to know more? Scroll down to see the top five most popular searches globally in 2014.
1. Robin Williams
The world-renowned actor and comedian always made us smile, and his death had a significant impact, reminding us all to take mental health more seriously. According to Google, searches for the word “depression” increased by three times in the aftermath of his death. The word was often paired up with “tests” and “symptoms.”
2. World Cup
Brazil vs. Germany was the first semifinal match of the World Cup in 2014. Halfway into the game, Germany was winning, five to nothing. That’s when Google says searches of “highest world cup victory” peaked in Germany. Looks like advancing in the Cup wasn’t enough — the Germans also wanted their names in the record books!
Searches for “Ebola” in 2014 were defined in a major way by our concerns about infection as the disease’s outbreak continued to spread in West Africa.
Figures up to 5th May 2015
11,022 Deaths – probable, confirmed and suspected (Source WHO)
(Includes one in the US and six in Mali)
- 4,716 Liberia
- 3,904 Sierra Leone
- 2,387 Guinea
- 8 Nigeria
4. Malaysian Airlines
Google reports that we made over 200 million searches for information about “mh370,” the still missing malaysian airline flight that disappeared in March, seemingly without a trace.
The search giant also noted that the world doesn’t seem willing to give up on the flight: we searched 14 times more for “mh370 found” than “mh370 lost.”
5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The landscape of online fundraising forever changed when the ALS ice bucket challenge took the Internet by storm. According to Google, we logged more searches for “ALS” in 2014 than in the past 10 years combined.We also donated over $ 100 million for the ALS association and other related organizations.