Among Wordle and war, the death of Shane Warne was a topic that Australians searched for most in 2022, according to Google.
Google keeps track of questions and topics as they are punched in to its search engine, revealing our deepest curiosities.
After Warne’s death in March, interest in his passing was so great that Australian search interest in his death outranked that of the later death of Queen Elizabeth II and the war in Ukraine.
This year, there were a couple of blasts from the very recent past (Wordle, the Ashes and Ash Barty‘s retirement), recipes (people really wanted to know how to cook tripe) and some high-profile deaths.
For example, here’s what interest in 2022’s top search trend Wordle looked like in Australia:
Google says that no other country searched for information about “floods” more than Australia in 2022.
“Australia was the top country in the world searching for ‘floods’, ‘La Niña’ and ‘when will the rain stop’ in 2022, and search interest for mould reached record levels,” Google’s Camilla Ibrahim says.
You can see how interest peaked and waned throughout the year in this graph:
Here is the breakdown of the top Australian searches for 2022:
Like it did last year, sport continues to reign supreme in terms of overall searches, with competitions and athletes taking out six of the top 10 positions.
But it was Wordle – which burst into our lives in early 2021 – that took out the top spot.
In case you missed the hype, the online word game allows users six chances to figure out the day’s secret, five-letter word, using the least number of guesses. Oh, and it can only be played once each day.
The top 10 overall searches, according to Google, were:
9.Olivia Newton John
In a testament to how loved Warne was in Australia, interest in his passing surpassed that of Queen Elizabeth II‘s death in September.
Here is Google’s list in full:
1.Shane Warne (cricketer)
2.Olivia Newton-John (singer)
3.Betty White (actor)
4.Queen Elizabeth II (monarch)
5.Anne Heche (actor)
6.Andrew Symonds (cricketer)
7.Taylor Hawkins (musician)
8.Aaron Carter (singer/songwriter)
9.Bob Saget (actor)
10.Paul Green (rugby league)
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shocked the world in early 2022.
It continues to hold the attention of Australians, with the conflict becoming Google’s most-searched-for news event in Australia.
The change of government at the federal election in May, and a couple of state polls throughout the year, saw election results rank as the second-most-popular news event type.
Meanwhile, the underwater eruption of Tonga‘s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano – which reportedly produced a plume that soared higher into Earth’s atmosphere than any other on record – also made the list.
Most searched news events according to Google:
9.COVID-19 update Perth
Tennis players appear to be the most-searched group of Australians in 2022, and at the top of that list is former world number one Ash Barty.
Most-searched Australians in the past year, according to Google:
9.Alex de Minaur
Lets see if any Aussies made it to the list of most-searched-for global figures.
Novak Djokovic takes the spot for Google’s most-searched-for global figure in Australia.
Djokovic had been barred from Australia until 2025 as a result of an immigration saga on the eve of this year’s Australia Open.
He was held in a detention centre for attempting to enter the country while not vaccinated against COVID-19 before being deported.
However, the issue was resolved and Djokovic has been granted a visa to return and compete in Melbourne next year.
On the theme of famous athletes, these are the top sport-related searches:
5.Rugby League World Cup
Moving off sport, lets get into the “whys”.
‘Why is … ?’ Questions
1.Why is Russia invading Ukraine?
2.Why is plain yoghurt good for females?
3.Why is petrol so expensive?
4.Why is lettuce so expensive?
5.Why is there a lettuce shortage?
6.Why is diesel so expensive?
7.Why is crypto going down?
8.Why is Camilla queen consort?
9.Why is Australia not part of NATO?
10.Why is Snapchat not working?
And we wouldn’t still be enduring a global pandemic without these trusty questions being asked:
Top COVID-19 questions
1.Can you get COVID twice?
2.How long does COVID last?
3.Can dogs get COVID?
4.How long is COVID contagious for?
5.How long does it take to get COVID?
6.How long do COVID symptoms last?
7.Is vomiting a symptom of COVID?
8.How long after COVID can I get a booster?
9.How many people have died from COVID?
10.What to do if COVID-positive?
And finally, some inspiration for your dinner tonight:
‘How to cook’ questions
1.How to cook tripe
2.How to cook corn on the cob
3.How to cook bunya nuts
4.How to cook bok choy
5.How to cook broccoli
6.How to cook pearl couscous
7.How to cook dumplings
8.How to cook tomahawk steak
9.How to cook chicken schnitzel
10.How to cook squid
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