What was the most searched on Google during 2021?
This year, people wanted to improve.
These are the conclusions from Google's annual "Year in Search" list, published today. Each year, the technology company analyzes which search terms saw the highest growth during the year.
Those questions and phrases that saw extremely high growth in research can tell the company what information needs to be made more accessible and teach us a little more about what we have all experienced together.
After people spent 2020 trying to survive and understand the global pandemic, this year’s results told a story of a world that seeks to be rebuilt physically, emotionally and socially.
"People are coming to Google looking for ways to heal," said Hema Budaraju, Google's senior director of products, health and social impact.
For health-focused research, vaccinations, well-being and helping others saw the biggest increases this year.
If 2020 had to do with testing, 2021 had to do with vaccination.
A year of pandemic life left many people with more questions as the situation around the globe evolved from virus management to protection against it with vaccines.
In 2021, "why do I feel sad?" was searched more than ever before and saw a 10% increase from 2020, according to measurements by Google.
Topics like anxiety, stress, grief and therapy peaked at all times this year, Budaraju said.
"How to lower blood pressure", "why am I always tired" and "how many calories should I eat" were among the search terms that topped the health charts in the increase in Google searches during the year.
In a victory for humanity, Google searches this year also depict a world that was interested in helping each other.
Along with research on how to help your mental health were phrases like "how to help a friend" and "how to help someone who has a panic attack".
The main thing, Budaraju said, is that this year humanity had "more awareness of the need to take care of themselves and their loved ones".