Year after year, it is most interesting to give a review of the most popular searches on Google, since it gives us, at a single glance, not only a handful of memories of what happened in the last 12 months, it also gives us a global photo of the year, which is most interesting. At Google, of course, they are very aware of this, to the point that with those of 2021, there are already 21 years for which we can consult the history.
And what have we searched the most this year on Google? Well, if we stick to the dice of the search engine, it seems that our main concern in 2021 was the weather, more specifically the weather that would be the next day. It may have to do with the snowfall at the beginning of the year, with the heat of this summer or, simply, with knowing if we could put the washing machine that night, counting on laying it out to dry the next day outside. Whatever it is, the gold medal goes to “What the weather will be tomorrow.”
The four remaining positions they are all related to sports, with the Eurocup and La Liga in second and third place, and Real Madrid and Roland Garros in fourth and fifth. And the most striking thing is that, unlike what happened last year, none of the first results of a general nature is related to the coronavirus, in what seems like one more sample of the extent to which its presence among us has already normalized.
This is confirmed even more if we review the rest of the categories compiled by Google, and that is of the six only two have, among their first five results, a search related to the coronavirus, those related to when we should get vaccinated and the reason why the vaccine can cause arm pain. This does not mean, of course, that COVID-19 no longer matters to us, but it does mean that, it seems, our level of doubts has decreased substantially from one year to the next.
As you can see from the list, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, much of the interest has fallen on sports, although leaving room, of course, for other notable aspects of the year, ranging from the La Palma volcano to the premiere and popularization of The Squid Game, surely the most viral series of the year.
The results at the global level have more categories, which reminds us of more current events of this 2021 that were searched on Google, such as the terrible accident of Alec Baldwin or the recent premiere of the fourth season of Cobra Kai. Of course, we also see that sports were the protagonists of the five most common searches. And if you take a look at the most wanted teams, you will see that two of the five are Spanish. So that later they say that we do not export anything.