Thursday 27 April 2017

Kim Bielenberg: Craig Doyle and crochet – how Google’s Zeitgeist revealed our guilty secrets

IRELAND is more interested in Craig Doyle, discovering the meaning of love and learning how to crochet than we ever knew.

Google has released its annual survey of the top trending and most searched items of this year, and they offer a revealing insight into our preoccupations that is sometimes quirky and surprising.

We may be in the middle of the Great Recession, but issues around budgets, debts, and taxes rarely register in the lists of popular topics and searches. Only the household charge crops up in the top ten list of top trending news searches at number eight, way behind Euro 2012, and the two Katies, Taylor and Middleton.

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