The year 2020 is days ahead to get disappeared and replaced like how it was than our expectations of how it should be when we were getting ready to welcome it at this time last year. The whole year was packed with incessant uncertainties and tumultuous days as the world had seen a sudden pause and standstill in every direction when it was bracing up for the invasion of the invisible menace, which turned out to be the unprecedented global pandemic in a century.
As the entire world is caught under the hands of the COVID-19 outbreak with the disease letting the world know that it's here to stay, the humans in the solar family were put under confinement by their respective countries as the world powers and poors had no weapon to counter the pandemic other than imposing lockdowns and restrictions across the sphere. With millions settled up a new normal, the pandemic spread had pushed them to stay connected online unprecedentedly.
From students, professionals, businessmen, justices, to heads of states, the pandemic had triggered an era of virtuality as many had developed new relationships with the internet and technology and spent time with their technocrat friend. As the year has come to an end by beginning the new era, global search giant Google has now unveiled what the world had searched most amid steering forward. Google has released its annual 'Year in Search' list in which it has revealed the top searches in all the areas including politics, health, sports, and cinema.
According to the list that was released on Wednesday, 'Coronavirus' was the top search in Google globally with no surprise while the global elections, including US elections, had followed the outbreak in the list as these topics were dominated the planet. Apart from COVID-19 and elections, some of the topics like 'Zoom', 'Indian Premier League', and 'Kobe Bryant' were also been declared as top searches.
Globally, Google had seen some of the first of its kind searches as the sequel of the new normal including 'how to be a teacher', 'how to learn a new language', and 'how to cut your own hair', were made to the club of top searches while people also yearned for comfort and peace as many had searched natural places near to them including 'sunset near me' and related searches and as masks became mandatory, searches for mask emojis had surpassed the searches for hug emojis.
The people across the globe had also searched for ways to help others in COVID-19, Australian Bushfires, Beirut explosion, and Black Lives Matter, and most of them had also hunted the ideas on how to change the world than they searched for how to go back to normal. India has been surfaced with a sharp spike in internet usage as the country had spent a large amount of its time online and in India, Google revealed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the top search in 2020 followed by 'Coronavirus', 'US Election results', 'PM Kisan Yojana', and 'Bihar election results'.
Along with these topics, India had spent time searching the topics related to lockdown, Nirbhaya case, Beirut explosion, locust swarm attack in Northern states, and Australia bushfires. Along with the US Elections, India also had searched for Bihar elections, US President-elect Joe Biden, and late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's last film 'Dil Bechara'. Biden was the top searched personality for 2020 in India followed by anchor Arnab Goswami (whose arrest stirred outrage), singer Kanika Kapoor, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, actor Amitabh Bachchan (who tested positive for COVID-19), Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, actors Rhea Chakraborty, Ankita Lokhande, and Kangana Ranaut.
Amitabh Bachchan was also the third-most searched actor worldwide. Many of the top searches in India were centered around the words 'how to' and 'what is'. In the first category, the most popular searches were how to make paneer, cake, jalebi, dalgona coffee, and sanitizer at home and how to increase immunity, prevent coronavirus, and apply for an e-pass, in the wake of the nationwide lockdown. On the other hand, the top searches under 'what is' include what is a coronavirus, plasma therapy, hantavirus, Binod, CAA, NRC, and nepotism.
Local-level searches in India include 'near me' queries as people in India were searching for food shelters, COVID-19 test facility, grocery store, broadband connection, night shelter, and laptop shop near them. The top trending movies in India in 2020 are Dil Bechara, Tamil action-drama Soorarai Pottru, Tanhaji, Shakuntala Devi, and Gunjan Saxena while Chris Hemsworth starred 'Extraction' was the only Hollywood movie on the top ten list and the most-searched web series included Money Heist, Scam 1992, Bigg Boss 14, Mirzapur 2, and Paatal Lok.
The top five global searches are Coronavirus, Elections results, Kobe Bryant, Zoom, and the Indian Premier League while the top five actors who were trended globally include Tom Hanks, Joaquin Phoenix, Amitabh Bachchan, Ricky Gervais, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The year 2020 had also seen some of the shocking deaths of well-known personalities and the top five personalities who were searched most after their deaths include Kobe Bryant, Naya Rivera, 'Black Panther' Chadwick Boseman, Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput, George Floyd, a Black American who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis which led to the rise of 'Black Lives Matter'. According to Google trends, the world had searched 'why' more than ever.
In times of uncertainty, people seek understanding and meaning. 2020 was a year of deep questioning, as the world searched "why" more than ever, according to Google Trends. Explore more trends from the year at https://t.co/JdD6lj4ru9#YearInSearch pic.twitter.com/wAfuARB3u9— Google (@Google) December 9, 2020