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“What does simp mean?” Google reveals the key questions Aussies have been asking since early 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 protests from COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, TikTok, Kobe Bryant and video game Animal Crossing will be in the top 20 most searched topics on Google in Australia between January 1 and June 30.

However, Coronavirus was ranked as the most searched and most popular topic in the first half of the year.

The search was more than four times the size – equivalent to an increase of 320 percent – than the interest in the wildfires in January alone in March.

Kobe Bryant (photo) ranks eleventh for Google's most searched topics in Australia from January 1 to June 30

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

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

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

Coronavirus was the most sought-after topic in Australia from January 1 to June 30 - four times more than just interest in the forest fires (photo) in March alone

Coronavirus was the most sought-after topic in Australia from January 1 to June 30 - four times more than just interest in the forest fires (photo) in March alone

Coronavirus was the most sought-after topic in Australia from January 1 to June 30 – four times more than just interest in the forest fires (photo) in March alone

Other popular topics of the period included social distance, world meters, panic purchases, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Black Lives Matter, pandemic, hand sanitizer, Animal Crossing, and Spanish flu.

Kobe Bryant finished in eleventh place, followed by Zoom video communication, social isolation, quarantine, toilet paper, leave, TikTok, Australia wildfires, epidemic and inventory.

COVID-19 was a trending theme among the most popular questions googled during the same period, with “How many cases of coronavirus in Australia” came first “What is coronavirus?” second and “How did the coronavirus get started?” in third place.

Other common questions Australians asked from January to June were, “What does simp mean?”, “How old is Addison Rae?”, “Is Kim Jong Un dead?”, “When will Minecraft shut 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 the social media app TikTok and the popular video game Minecraft doesn’t shut down – despite false reports claiming it quitting runs on December 20 this year.

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

The top searches and the most searched topic categories are separate.

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 searches for Final Fantasy VII, Gardening, Craft and Nintendo.

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

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

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

Google's latest data showed a record ten-year high in 2020 for searches for Final Fantasy VII, Gardening, Craft, and Nintendo

Google's latest data showed a record ten-year high in 2020 for searches for Final Fantasy VII, Gardening, Craft, and Nintendo

Google’s latest data showed a record ten-year high in 2020 for searches for Final Fantasy VII, Gardening, Craft, and Nintendo

Top search topics

1. Coronavirus

2. Social distance

3. Worldometers

4. Panic purchases

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 communication

13. Social isolation

14. Quarantine

15. Toilet paper

16. Leave

17. TikTok

18. Forest fires in Australia

19. Epidemic

20. Stock

Source: Google, Topics ranked by semi-annual growth, January 1 – June 30 in Australia compared YoY

Most popular searches

1. Coronavirus Australia

2. Coronavirus update

3. Coronavirus statistics

4. Coronavirus world meter

5. Coronavirus Victoria

6. Coronavirus death toll

George Floyd

8. Coronavirus news

9. Symptoms of Coronavirus

10 Coronavirus USA

11. Corona virus in Italy

12. Employee

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 semi-annual growth, January 1 – June 30 in Australia compared to YoY

Australia and New Zealand Google Nic Labkins Leader Nic Hopkins told Daily Mail Australia: “We all agree that it has been a huge year with the Aussies facing huge challenges – from the summer bushfire crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We wanted to take some time to reflect on the key trends, cultural moments and questions that the nation has collectively asked Google. Many Aussies have asked Google for help with emergency information, while others have explored topics like personal well-being and development, and with more time spent at home, we’ve also seen the best ways people enjoy themselves, from ‘Tiger King’ to ‘Animal Crossing’ . ‘

As of July 1, Google said the most popular searches in Australia were 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 ranks eleventh, followed by Will Smith, Kanye West, My Gov login, QLD border pass, F1, Coronavirus update Victoria, Powerball results, Coronavirus NSW and Victoria coronavirus cases.

Unrelated coronavirus trending questions for the month so far are ‘Who won the Australia 2020 vote?’, ‘Is TikTok banned in Australia?’, ‘Is Kanye West running as president?’, ‘What is cancellation culture?’ , “What does gn mean? and “How to file a tax return”.

In the past seven days, Kelly Preston and Grant Imahara were the most popular searches, both yielding more than 5,000 percent.

Then followed stage 4 restrictions, Princess Beatrice and Dilhan Eryurt.

The data showed that coronavirus has also been the fifth most searched topic nationally in the past seven days – a spot below last week.

“ Looking at the next six months, we want to make sure we’re always there to provide people with the information they need at critical moments, while also helping them find a bit of shared entertainment and fun Hopkins said.

Google data showed that coronavirus was also the fifth most searched topic nationally in the past seven days - one place lower than last week

Google data showed that coronavirus was also the fifth most searched topic nationally in the past seven days - one place lower than last week

Google data showed that coronavirus was also the fifth most searched topic nationally in the past seven days – one place lower than last week

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

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

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

Data from January to June follow on Google, revealing in April that banana bread and homemade pizza were most commonly searched for recipes at the height of the pandemic – 30 days before the Google Trends report came out.

Comfortfood was the cure for insecurity, with recipes for French toast, chocolate and carrot cake, and Dalgona coffee – a delicious South Korean drink made from coffee, milk, and two huge tablespoons of sugar – falling well into the top 10.

Simple, inexpensive, and caloric dishes were the rage for quarantined life, with fried rice and spaghetti bolognese laced with ground beef among the most-sought-after 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 the coronavirus start?

4. How many people have died from the coronavirus?

5. What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

6. What does simp mean?

7. When does the corona virus end?

8. How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

9. Can you get Coronavirus twice?

10. Is coronavirus in the air?

11. How old is Addison Rae?

12. How to make hand sanitiser.

13. Is Kim Jong Un dead?

14. When will Minecraft be closed?

15. Where to buy toilet paper.

16. How is the coronavirus spread?

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

18. Can dogs get coronavirus?

19. Why does everyone buy toilet paper?

20. When does the job end?

Source: Google, questions ranked by semi-annual growth, January 1 – June 30 in Australia compared YoY

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