Google’s Most Popular ‘How To’ Questions People Search For Online Prove That Adulting Is Hard
Google knows that anytime we don’t have the slightest clue as to how to do something we just do a search online for it. Because if we don’t know how to do it you can bet your last dollar that we aren’t the only ones in the world who have been stumped. How to’s really are one of the greatest things about the internet.
But what types How To’s do we search for the most online? Well, thanks to Xaquin G.V., an interactive visual data journalist who worked with Google to find out the answer to that question, we now know.
The new site designed by Xaquin working with Google and its Trends tools allows users to enter whatever country they want into a field to see what the top “how to” searches are for their region. The relative popularity of things around the house people search to fix are represented by larger or smaller graphics in a household scene – in Canada, for instance, it turns out doors are really commonly searched for, as well as fridges and toilets.
The essay also examines the top 100 ‘How To’ searches made worldwide to see what people generally needed assistance with, and those results are very illuminating. Xaquin broke them down into categories, with visual representations of how popular each is.
Here are Google’s top 10 most searched How To questions…
1. how to tie a tie
2. how to kiss
3. how to get pregnant
4. how to lose weight
5. how to draw
6. how to make money
7. how to make pancakes
8. how to write a cover letter
9. how to make french toast
10. how to lose belly fat
So we want to know how to make pancakes and french toast, but we also want to know how to lose weight and belly fat. Looks like we’re our own worst enemies there.
“Recently, we noticed that ‘how to…’ searches have increased by more than 140% since 2004, and much of that search interest is directed towards how to ‘fix’ things — whether it’s a lightbulb, window, washing machine, or even the toilet,” Google’s data editor Simon Rogers explained to the Telegraph.
Man, what did people do before the internet? How did we accomplish any tasks? Oh yeah, we actually used our mouths to speak to people who knew what they were doing. Lame…