It is no secret 2020 was an terrible 12 months.
The ugly pandemic, the maddening isolation, and, within the U.S., a presidential election that dragged on whereas the loser (outgoing President Donald Trump) stubbornly refused to concede even supposing he misplaced handily. To not point out raging wildfires, tragic superstar deaths, and mass protests in opposition to racial injustice.
However in case you wanted extra proof how bleak this 12 months was, Google’s Year in Search may present that knowledge. Google launched the info on the highest trending searches for the 12 months in america — that means queries that had a excessive spike in visitors over a sustained interval in 2020 in contrast with 2019.
The highest trending searches had been fairly bleak. They had been just about all associated to election, the pandemic, or celebrities who died. Properly, these issues and the PS5. Based on Google, the Prime 10 trending searches had been:
Who’s profitable the election
Prime trending searches within the information class featured extra of the identical, with election outcomes, coronavirus, stimulus checks, and unemployment main all queries. Or take into account the highest trending “close to me” searches: Covid testing close to me, early voting close to me, fires close to me, voting close to me, protests close to me.
The ” assist” part was fairly related. Right here it’s:
How you can assist Australia fires
How you can assist Black Lives Matter
How you can assist throughout coronavirus
How you can assist Yemen
How you can assist acid reflux disease
How you can assist Beirut
How you can assist somebody having a panic assault
How you can assist interval cramps
How you can assist heartburn
How you can assist nausea
“How you can donate” was extra of the identical, with people questioning how they may give to Black Lives Matter, or donate N95 masks, or give to reduction efforts for the Australian wildfires.
It was undoubtedly a darkish 12 months and, sure, Google searches confirmed that. However on the very least, searches additionally confirmed individuals wished to assist each other get via all of it.