There is a lot that can be said about this year. It can be talked about through many different points of view. However, one common conclusion all of these points of view may share is this: 2020 was challenging. The whole world faced a global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. What followed were major points in history like global economic recession, healthcare crisis, and the uncovering social injustice in the midst of all this. While there are many ways to take a wholesome look into the year, one of the interesting ones is going through popular Google searches.
Google is the most widely used search engine on the planet, with millions of searches every second. Almost everyone relies on Google to find out everything about anything. Through troublesome times like these, Google can offer the most raw and intimate look at what has been on people's minds the most.
The search trends are posted by Google to give an overview of the year and how it has evolved through a year. For this year, the US elections sparked enormous debate and received worldwide attention. It appeared among the most searched terms along with terms related to the coronavirus and famous celebrities that recently passed away, such as Kobe Bryant, and some who only apparently had passed away, like Kim Jong Un.
The popular search engine saw a huge increase in searches related to healthcare and coronavirus symptoms to stay notified and get themselves checked if needed. Google noticed the importance it played in increasing people’s awareness about their health. It announced many updates to its search engine algorithm and interface that aimed to help people better.
As the year comes to an end, humanity has gone through a time that has opened our eyes to many possibilities regarding our existence. It is hoped that Google will keep innovating and educating people through unique ways like search trends and fulfil some responsibilities that come with being the world’s most used search engine.
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