A person’s search history can tell a lot about that person so it only stands to reason that a nation’s search history can do the same. While not everybody may use Bing, the top searches of 2013 give us insight into what was big in 2013… among Bing users.
To start us off, Bing cements our nation’s fascination with celebrities by declaring Beyonce Knowles to be the most searched person of 2013. There’s no explicit reason given for her rise to the number one spot, but part of me hopes its because of her “wonderful” Super Bowl performance. Rounding out the top five are Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna. The only non-celebrity in the top ten list was President Barack Obama and he showed up at the number ten spot.
Many of the most searched people on Bing are musicians, and it seems that those search trends carried over to musician searches as well. Beyonce is in the number one spot here as well with Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Madonna and Justin Bieber rounding out the top five.
While Beyonce may have been the most searched person and musician, her music isn’t so lucky. In fact, Macklemore’s viral hit Thrift Shop took the number one spot for most searched song of 2013. Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and Rihanna’s Stay round out the top three.
Moving on to an entirely different category, it seems that Bing users are mostly Xbox fans with Xbox being the most searched for entertainment electronic of 2013. Rounding out the top five are mobile devices, including the iPhone, Android, iPad and Windows Phone. Xbox rivals – PlayStation and Nintendo – show up at seven and eight respectively.
As for gaming apps, the most searched on Bing is King’s Candy Crush. Angry Birds and Bad Piggies came in second and third respectively.
While I don’t see why somebody searches for a social media site, Bing users apparently searched for Facebook more than any other social media site in 2013. Pinterest came in at number two with Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram rounding out the top five.
Moving onto entertainment, Bing users were apparently unaware that Breaking Bad was the biggest television event of the year. The AMC TV series didn’t even crack the top ten with Big Bang Theory taking the number one spot. American Idol came in at number two with The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones rounding out the top five.
As for movies, Iron Man 3 came in at the number one spot. Fast and Furious 6, Despicable Me 2, The Conjuring and The Wolverine round out the top five. One of the biggest films of the year – Man of Steel – came in at number ten.
Of course, we can’t forget about our nation’s love affair with food. Bing finds that Americans are still obsessed with pizza as Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s were the top three food searches of 2013. Subway and Burger King round out the top five.
Finally, it’s worth nothing that Bing users sure know how to beat a dead horse. The most searched meme of 2013 was the Harlem Shake, followed by Grumpy Cat, Chuck Norris, Epic Fail and Bad Luck Brian.
So, what does all of this have to say about Americans? It says that we’re pizza-obsessed Beyonce Knowles fans that share every thing she does on Facebook while playing Xbox One games with Big Bang Theory in snap view. America the beautiful indeed.[Image: Wikimedia Commons]