Google unveiled its most popular searches for 2020 in a year where new words cropped up globally due to the Covid pandemic, racial unrest and an increased concern over climate change.
The most popular term Australians Googled in 2020 was ‘US election’, which beat ‘Coronavirus’ at number 2.
Third on the list, oddly enough – or pathetically enough, when you think about – was the ‘NBA’. Why we’re more interested in American basketball than Australian sports is nonsensical.
Zoom zoomed into the top 5 – a word that only debuted over a year ago. At the end of 2019, Zoom had just 66,300 customers. By the end of the first quarter of this year, it had 370,200 customers, and by the end of the financial year, reported revenue of around $US663.5 million ($A899.5 million). Big bucks for a service that is pretty much just ‘Facetime’ with multiple screens.
Rounding out the top 5 was ‘Coronavirus symptoms’ specifically. As the number of infections grew worldwide, millions of Aussies were wondering if their cold and flu symptoms were derived from a more sinister bug.
Again, we’re scratching our heads as to why former NBA player Kobe Bryant (RIP) was high in searches – number 6 most searched by Australians – while none of our own icons who died this year got a mention in the top ten.
The rest of the top list was rounded out with ‘weather tomorrow’ at number 7, ‘fires near me’ at number 8, ‘Coronavirus Victoria’ at number 9, and ‘Trump vs Biden’ at number 10.
This fascination of Australian Googlers with all things American is one that might peter out as the U.S. administration moves into a more subdued (or some might say, boring) phase, what with Biden soon in the Oval Office.
But, then, with our penchant for doom-scrolling evergrowing, and the number of Coronavirus cases in the U.S. on a steep rise, perhaps January 2021 will usher in another year of fascination with all things American.