Google Search Trends 2021: What We Searched This Year?


I believe I speak for everyone when I say 2020 is an unforgettable year. We are still going through a global pandemic, global financial crisis, job losses but we are rising, learning, and evolving for the better. As we inch closer to 2021, Google has shared the list of trending topics in 2020. Let’s see in detail:

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IPL > Coronavirus

Not sure if this is shocking or surprising news for some of you, but people searched for the Indian Premier League more than the global pandemic ‘Coronavirus’. This shows how powerful the IPL is. Searches about the pandemic are followed by US election results, PM Kisan Yojna & Bihar election results. 

But if you see the global results, Coronavirus tops the list followed by Election results, Kobe Bryant (God rest his soul), Zoom, and IPL. Finding IPL in the top 5 global overall searches shows how powerful the Indian internet market is becoming. 

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Question Based Searches

Based on Dean Brian’s research on keywords, 14% of searches are question-based. Especially How to keywords are the most common type of keywords followed by what and who. Remembering all the how-to keywords you were searching for recently? Interestingly how to make paneer is more popular than how to increase immunity. The love for paneer has overshadowed the fear of coronavirus. 

Dalgona coffee is something that got more popular when people were working from home and looking for things to divert their attention. How to make dalgona coffee is the third most popular followed by How to link PAN card and aadhar card. Other covid related keywords we can find are ‘how to make sanitizer at home, ‘how to apply for epass’, ‘how to prevent coronavirus’. 

In ‘What is’ based keywords, What is coronavirus tops the list followed by the infamous ‘What is binod’. People were also searching about plasma therapy, CAA, solar eclipse, NRC, hantavirus and nepotism. 

The lack of question based searches in Global results might indicate that Indians use questions based searches more than the global average.

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Can you guess who tops the list of most searched personality in India? Joe Biden. Kamal Harris also in the top 10. Joe Biden is followed by Arnab Goswami, Kanika Kapoor, Kim Jong-un, Big B (who is also listed in the global results), Rashid Khan, Rhea Chakraborty. 

Movies & Web Series

Dil Bechara tops the Indian movies list followed by the South Indian movie ‘Soorarai Potru’. Tanhaji, Shakuntala Devi, Gunjan Saxena, Laxmii, Sadak 2 are the movies people most searched this year. 

Even though Parasite movie released last year, it tops the global list of 2020. Followed by 1917 (again a 2019 movie), People were also searching for the movie Contagion (you might know why). Christopher Nolan’s Tenet also shared the space. 

Money Heist rose to fame in India this year and tops the list. Followed by Scam 1992, Big Boss 14, Mirzapur 2, and Paatal Lok. Tiger King is the most searched TV show globally followed by Big Brother Brazil. 

Sports Events

It is obvious that the Indian Premier League tops the list. Followed by UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, French Open & La Giga which shows how Indians are getting more interested in foreign leagues. We also searched about Australian Open, NBA League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA National League. 

Entering into 2021

As countries around the globe are putting up a strong fight against coronavirus, we do have our own battles. To come out strong, we need to strengthen our body, mind, and career. As things are still changing around us, we need to keep up with the required changes in the lifestyle. By having healthy food, exercising regularly, having enough sleep, keeping the family on priority, setting goals, etc. We need to focus our mind and energy on positive things that can reflect on our day to day lives. 

Upskilling for the future

People have spent more time and energy on upskilling this year. As most of the corporate employees are working from home, they invest their time in upskilling to improve their careers. Unless we don’t put our mind involved in learning new things, the possibility of its getting corrupted is higher. The human brain is just like another muscle. We need to continuously use it to keep it sharp. 

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