Saturday, 16 October 2021

Google releases most searched ‘how to’ questions online


LONDON: It’s safe to say that most of us have relied on the ever dependable Google to answer some of our questions related to our everyday tasks.

The phrase “Google it” has been popularly used around the world. The search engine recently released its most searched “how to” questions during the earlier part of this year.

As it turns out, the items on the list were not so complicated as expected.

“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 said.

How to perfectly tie a necktie emerged as mankind’s most common question, while knowing how to properly “kiss” ranked second.

Other searches included in the top 10 revolved around cooking, dating, money, dressing and health.

Check out the full “how to” list below:

  • how to tie a tie
  • how to kiss
  • how to get pregnant
  • how to lose weight
  • how to draw
  • how to make money
  • how to make pancakes
  • how to write a cover letter
  • how to make french toast
  • how to lose belly fat

Meanwhile, data journalist Xaquín González Veira attributed people’s desire to fix stuff themselves to the high number of “how to” questions.

“We looked at what things we need the most help with around the house, from the simplest how-to-fit-a-bulb kind of fixes, to those fixes for which we know we need a professional, but our ego makes us take upon ourselves to at least try,” he said.

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