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‘What does simp mean?’ Google reveals the top questions Aussies ask since the start of 2020

The top Google searches in Australia for the first half of 2020 have been revealed – and the results are surprising.

Amid the chaos of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests, TikTok, Kobe Bryant and video game Animal Crossing have been listed among the top 20 most searched topics on Google in Australia from January 1 to June 30.

Coronavirus was in first place, however, as the most searched and top trending topic for the first half of the year.

Its search was more than four times greater – equivalent to an increase of 320 per cent – than search interest for the bushfires in January in March alone.

Video game Animal Crossing (pictured) ranked in at ninth for the most searched topics on Google in Australia from January 1 to June 30

Kobe Bryant (pictured) ranked in at eleventh for the most searched topics on Google in Australia from January 1 to June 30. It followed video game Animal Crossing (pictured), which ranked in at ninth

Coronavirus was the most searched topic in Australia from January 1 to June 30 - four times greater than search interest for the bushfires (pictured) in March alone

Coronavirus was the most searched topic in Australia from January 1 to June 30 – four times greater than search interest for the bushfires (pictured) in March alone

Other popular topics in the period included social distancing, worldometers, panic buying, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Black Lives Matter, pandemic, hand sanitiser, Animal Crossing and Spanish flu. 

Kobe Bryant ranked in at eleventh, followed by Zoom video communications, social isolation, quarantine, toilet paper, furlough, TikTok, bushfires in Australia, epidemic and stockpile.

COVID-19 was a trending theme among the most popular questions Googled during the same period too, with ‘How many cases of coronavirus in Australia’ taking first place, ‘What is coronavirus?’ taking second and ‘How did coronavirus start?’ in third.

Other top questions asked by Australians from January to June included ‘What does simp mean?’, ‘How old is Addison Rae?’, ‘Is Kim Jong Un dead?’, ‘When is minecraft shutting down?’ and ‘What is the name of the kingdom in Tangled?’.

Simp is slang for a desperate man who would do anything for a woman, Addison Rae is a 19-year-old American who became famous on social media app TikTok and popular video game Minecraft is not shutting down – despite false reports claiming it would stop running on December 20 this year.

Google’s top searches for January to June, however, reflected the entertainment choices Australians were making at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The top searches and most searched topics categories are separate from one another. 

Carole Baskin, Tiger King, and Joe Exotic – all related to a viral Netflix documentary – were also among the top 20 searches Googled from January to June. 

Other unrelated coronavirus searches included George Floyd, JobKeeper and 1917. 

The data also showed a ten-year high for Final Fantasy VII, Gardening, Craft and Nintendo topic searches.  

Documentary Tiger King, along with Joe Exotic (pictured) and Carole Baskin, were also among the top 20 searches Googled from January to June

Documentary Tiger King, along with Joe Exotic (pictured) and Carole Baskin, were also among the top 20 searches Googled from January to June

The latest data from Google showed a ten-year high for Final Fantasy VII, Gardening, Craft and Nintendo topic searches in 2020

The latest data from Google showed a ten-year high for Final Fantasy VII, Gardening, Craft and Nintendo topic searches in 2020

Top search topics 

1. Coronavirus

2. Social Distancing

3. Worldometers

4. Panic buying

5. Severe acute respiratory syndrome 

6. Black Lives Matter

7. Pandemic

8. Hand sanitiser

9. Animal Crossing

10. Spanish flu

11. Kobe Bryant

12. Zoom Video Communications

13. Social Isolation

14. Quarantine

15. Toilet paper

16. Furlough

17. TikTok

18. Bushfires in Australia

19. Epidemic

20. Stockpile 

Source: Google, Topics ranked by six month growth, 1 January – 30 June in Australia compared YoY 

Most popular searches

1. Coronavirus Australia

2. Coronavirus update

3. Coronavirus stats

4. Coronavirus worldometer

5. Coronavirus Victoria

6. Coronavirus death toll

7. George Floyd

8. Coronavirus news

9. Symptoms of coronavirus

10 Coronavirus USA

11. Italy coronavirus

12. Jobkeeper

13. Coronavirus NSW

14. Coronavirus Sydney

15. Carole Baskin

16. Coronavirus Tasmania

17. Tiger King

18. Masterchef 2020

19. Joe Exotic

20. 1917 

Source: Google, Searches ranked by six month growth, 1 January – 30 June in Australia compared YoY 

Australia and New Zealand Google News Lab lead Nic Hopkins told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We can all agree it’s already been a huge year, presenting Aussies with enormous challenges – from the bushfire crisis in summer to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘We wanted to take some time to reflect on the top trends, cultural moments and questions the nation has collectively asked of Google. Many Aussies have sought Google’s help with emergency information while others have explored topics like personal wellbeing and development, and with more time spent at home we’ve also seen the top ways people are entertaining themselves, from ‘Tiger King’ to ‘Animal Crossing.’  

Since July 1, Google said the most popular searches in Australia included Naya Rivera, Dilhan Eryurt, Kelly Preston, Stage 4 restrictions, Mitchell Shire, The Old Guard, Frant Imahara, August Alsina, Englang vs West Indies and Ghislaine Maxwell.

Ghost of Tsushima ranked in at eleventh, followed by Will Smith, Kanye West, My Gov sign in, QLD border pass, F1, Coronavirus update Victoria, Powerball results, Coronavirus NSW and Victoria coronavirus cases.

Unrelated coronavirus top trending questions for the month so far have included ‘Who won the voice Australia 2020?’, ‘Is TikTok banned in Australia?’, ‘Is Kanye West running for president?, ‘What is cancel culture?’, ‘What does gn mean?’ and ‘How to lodge tax return’. 

In the past seven days, top trending searches included Kelly Preston and Grant Imahara – both spiking more than 5,000 per cent.

This was followed by ‘stage 4 restrictions’, Princess Beatrice and Dilhan Eryurt. 

The data showed coronavirus was the fifth most searched topic nationally the past seven days as well – moving down one spot from last week.  

‘Looking at the next six months we want to make sure we’re always there to connect people with the information they need at critical moments, while also helping them to find a little shared entertainment and joy,’ Mr Hopkins said.  

Google's data showed coronavirus was the fifth most searched topic nationally the past seven days as well - moving down one spot from last week

Google’s data showed coronavirus was the fifth most searched topic nationally the past seven days as well – moving down one spot from last week

The numerous topics which have been more searched in Australia on Google over the past six months than ever before

The numerous topics which have been more searched in Australia on Google over the past six months than ever before

The January to June data follows Google revealing in April banana bread and homemade pizza were the most searched for recipes at the height of the pandemic – 30 days prior to its Google Trends report coming out.

Comfort food was the remedy for uncertainty, with recipes for French toast, chocolate and carrot cakes and Dalgona coffee – an indulgent South Korean drink made from coffee, milk and two enormous tablespoons of sugar – falling well inside the top 10. 

Simple, cheap and calorific dishes were de rigueur for life in quarantine, with fried rice and spaghetti bolognese laced with minced beef among the most searched for dinner recipes. 

Top questions Googled in Australia from January 1 to June 30

1. How many cases of coronavirus in Australia?

2. What is coronavirus?

3. How did coronavirus start?

4. How many people have died from coronavirus?

5. What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

6. What does simp mean?

7. When will coronavirus end?

8. How long does coronavirus last on surfaces?

9. Can you get coronavirus twice?

10. Is coronavirus airborne?

11. How old is Addison Rae?

12. How to make hand sanitiser.

13. Is Kim Jong Un dead?

14. When is minecraft shutting down?

15. Where to buy toilet paper.

16. How is coronavirus spread?

17. What is the name of the kingdom in Tangled?

18. Can dogs get coronavirus?

19. Why is everyone buying toilet paper?

20. When does jobkeeper end?

Source: Google, Questions ranked by six month growth, 1 January – 30 June in Australia compared YoY

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