Googling what’s trending may seem like a funny thing to do. But it’s perhaps the best way to gauge what people across the United States and the world are really interested in.
In the past week, seemingly the whole world, more than 10 million of us, were interested in the life of Britain’s Prince Philip. Britain’s longest-serving royal consort garnered more than 10 million Google searches following his death at the age of 99. Whether you are pro-monarchy or not, people across the globe felt the need to learn more about his life and 74-year-long marriage to Queen Elizabeth, according to Google trends. Who knows what keeps so many of us curious about the English royals, but in a BBC article one person leaving flowers outside of Buckingham Palace may have summed it up - “It’s just super sad” because Philip, represented “the kind of stability that’s so old-fashioned, it’s difficult to comprehend. He was a rock who brought integrity.”
Another 10 million of us searched “DMX,” according to Google trends. DMX died at the age of 50, half the age of Prince Philip. The rapper-actor and hip-hop artist behind songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here),” died from a “catastrophic cardiac arrest.” The rapper, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, died after several days on life support. He was a multi-platinum artist who, according to the Associated Press, “struggled with drug addiction and legal problems that repeatedly put him behind bars.”
It’s interesting that two polar-opposites - Prince Philip and DMX - would garner the same amount of interest from around the world.
Next on the list of top Google searches last week was Hideki Matsuyama with over two million queries. If you aren’t a golf fan, you likely hadn’t heard of Matsuyama before last week. The 29-year-old won the Masters on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese man to do so. The Masters tournament itself had more than two million Google searches last week. ‘Phillip Adams,’ a former NFL player whom police say killed five people before killing himself also had over two million searches.
A lot of us are very interested in all things sports, as ‘Wrestlemania 37,’ ‘Lakers,’ ‘Real Madrid vs. Barcelona,’ and ‘Real Madrid’ all had more than a half million searches last week. Not incredibly far behind, with over 200,000 queries each, was ‘UFC’ (Ultimate Fighting’s Fight Night) and NASCAR. From soccer and basketball to stock car racing and ultimate fighting, people love sports.
People apparently love to laugh as British actress Carey Mulligan garnered more than 200,000 searches when she hosted the week’s Saturday Night Live episode.
‘National Pet Day’ and ‘Ramadan 2021’ hit over 200,000 searches each. Reality star Nikki Grahame, who had publicly battled anorexia, also hit over 200,000 searches following her death last week at the age of 38. She was the author of two books about her eating disorder, Dying to Be Thin and Fragile.
Our searches reveal our interests and it seems we are intrigued when celebrities, both young and old, die. Sports - regardless of the individual sport - also holds fascination for us.
While he didn’t hit as many overall searches, Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman reminded us what a class act he is - and got 50,000 google searches doing it. Freeman hits home runs often but when he hit a home run last week against Philly and a father and son wearing Phillies gear caught it, then kindly gave it to a young Braves fan wearing a Freeman jersey, the All-Star first baseman took notice. After the game, Freeman gave the father and son duo a ball autographed by both he and Phillies superstar Bryce Harper. Classy.
From a century-old prince, to rappers and sports celebrities, we can’t wait to see what catches the world’s attention next week.