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The Year (Really) in Review

This is the time to recap the year that was.
 
There are a number of ways to do it, all of which are interesting. You can look at a year in terms of notable deaths, viral events, political rises and falls...
 
But how do you really get a twelve-month snapshot of a culture’s zeitgeist?
 
I would argue for two words: “Google searches.”
 
I’m not saying that this will be what historians will mark in 10, much less 100 years…even less what is most significant. But I will say that it may be the clearest window into our current soul.
 
So here we go with a few peeks into our inner world, courtesy of Google itself:

 

Top 10 “What” questions from 2013:
 
1.      What is twerking?
2.      What is ricin?
3.      What is DOMA?
4.      What is Molly?
5.      What is gluten?
6.      What is sequestration?
7.      What is Obamacare?
8.      What is lupus?
9.      What is Snapchat?
10.    What is bitcoin?
 

Top trending searches in 2013 from around the world:

 

1.       Nelson Mandela
2.       Paul Walker
3.       iPhone 5S
4.       Cory Monteith
5.       Harlem Shake
6.       Boston Marathon
7.       Royal baby
8.       Samsung Galaxy S4
9.       PlayStation 4
10.     North Korea
 
Top “life advice” searches:
 
1.       How to tie a tie
2.       How to file
3.       How to get a passport
4.       How to blog
5.       How to knit
6.       How to kiss
7.       How to flirt
8.       How to whistle
9.       How to un-jailbreak
10.     How to Vader
 
And finally, the people we were interested in:
 
1.       Paul Walker
2.       Cory Monteith
3.       Nelson Mandela
4.       Aaron Hernandez
5.       Adrian Peterson
6.       Miley Cyrus
7.       James Gandolfini
8.       Paula Deen
9.       Mindy McCready
10.     Trayvon Martin
 
Welcome to our world.
 
James Emery White
 
 
Sources
 
“What did the world search for in 2013?”, Google.com, read online.

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