Google Trends: COVID the most Googled term by Aussies in two decades

Internet search habits of Australians over two decades show they can’t get enough COVID-19 news, rain forecasts and tomahawk steak cooking guides.

Google has released some notable search engine trends since entering the Australian market 20 years ago.

Australians have Googled ‘Covid News’ more than any other news topic in the last 20 years, closely followed by ‘Trump News’.

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In January 2020, searches for “bushfires” and “air quality” hit record and all-time highs.

Overall, “bushfires” and “floods” have dominated searches for natural disasters over the past two decades.

Australians’ love for news, rain and cooking has been revealed after 20 years of Googling. (AP PHOTO) Recognition: AP

This year’s rains on the East Coast prompted the second-highest surge in interest in flooding in Google’s history, behind the 2011 Queensland floods.

And with another year of La Niña bringing summer rains, in March 2022 more people than ever searched “when will the rain stop?”.

“Time Travel” was the most Googled type of travel, followed by “international travel” and “student travel”.

Australia was also the most charitable country with the most searches for surgical shops in the world. Google Trends: COVID the most Googled term by Aussies in two decades

James Brien

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