What was most searched for on Google in 2022?

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – It is Christmas Day, and 2022 is almost over. Therefore, it is the perfect time to reflect and look back. Traditionally, Google does this with an overview of the most frequently entered search terms. They give a nice picture of what has kept the population busy during the year. 

But, what about search engine searches in Spain? What were the most frequently asked questions in the year in which the war in Ukraine, forest fires, drought, floods dominated the headlines. Google Spain has made them public.

The Google lists are based on search terms that had the highest spike this year as compared to the previous year.

The war in Ukraine has impacted many things over the last 10 months such as the rise in fuel and food prices. There have also been many important sporting events throughout the year.

But first, let´s look at the most general searches:

Top General Searches of 2022

  • Wordle
  • Ukraine
  • Eurobasket
  • Nadal 
  • Russia 
  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Tamara Falcó 
  • Climate change
  • Will Smith
  • Monkeypox  

In the top news items searched for, not surprisingly, Ukraine was top followed closely by climate change issues. Although COVID was seemingly behind us, the Omicrom virus reared its head, then came the threat of monkeypox.

An indirect impact of the war in Ukraine, was the transport strike, and the rising cost of food and fuel. This was partially due to the cost of fuel making it impossible for truckers to transport goods to the supermarkets and other areas.

Lastly, the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 was an extremely emotional event for most of the UK and other nations.

Top News items Searches of 2022

  • Ukraine
  • Climate change
  • Monkeypox
  • Price of electricity today
  • Transport strike
  • Andalucian elections
  • Omicrom symptoms
  • Castilla y León elections
  • Benidorm Fest
  • Queen Elizabeth 

The World Cup was controversial in the lead up to it, and throughout the tournament. But also tennis and basketball were all of great interest in Spain.

Top ‘when’ searches in 2022 

  • When does the World Cup start?
  • When can we remove facemasks?
  • When does Alcaraz play? 
  • When is FIFA 23 coming out? 
  • When does Nadal play?
  • When is iOS 16 coming out?
  • When will the heatwave end? 
  • When is electricity cheaper today?
  • When does Spain play basketball?
  • When to do an antigen test?

Couples involved in searches included Will Smith when he hit the headlines with his attack on the presenter, Chris Rock at the Oscars. Rock had insulted Will Smith´s wife with a comment about her being bald. Shakira´s breakup with footballer, Gerard Pique also dominated the media.

Personalities/Public figures with the most searches in 2022 

  • Tamara Falcó 
  • Will Smith
  • Isabel II
  • Chanel 
  • Shakira
  • Olivia Newton John
  • Rigoberta Bandini
  • Anne Heche
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Oskar Sala

For the second year, Supervivientes featured in the topmost searches.

Movies and series with the most searches in 2022 

  • Secret Story
  • Supervivientes 
  • Uncharted 
  • Los renglones torcidos de Dios
  • Pasión de Gavilanes
  • Dahmer
  • Bullet Train 
  • Pesadilia en el paraíso
  • Bienvenidos a Edén
  • Smile

Most searched food and drink recipes in 2022

  • Porra Antequerana
  • Tinto de Verano
  • Sex on the Beach
  • Orejas de Carnaval
  • Salmoretta
  • Galletas de Mantequilla
  • Marmitaco
  • Carbonara original
  • Buñelos de Bacalao
  • Quiche

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