Top 20 "How To" Google Searches Revealed
We've all been there—you're sick and can't sleep so naturally, you start Googling your symptoms at 3 a.m.—only to find out that you're in fact dying a horrible, painful death.
Anyway, the Google Trends team has created a site dedicated to analyzing the most asked questions globally on the search engine—and some of the most popular 'how to' searches are surprising.
Google searches that begin with "how to" are on the rise, growing by 140% in the last 13 years and among those searches, it seems fruit flies are a worldwide problem and turns out there's a lot of people who don't know how to boil an egg.
In comparison to 2016, losing weight was in the top five last year and it's still Googled a lot now—but people are no longer Googling 'how to play Pokémon Go' (so last year, literally) and 'how to vote for the referendum' for obvious reasons.
Check out the top 20 'how to' searches for 2017 below, and see how many you've been guilty of Googling...
1| How to tie a tie
2| How to kiss
3| How to get pregnant
4| How to lose weight
5| How to draw
6| How to make money
7| How to make pancakes
8| How to write a cover letter
9| How to make french toast
10| How to lose belly fat
11| How to write a resume
12| How to boil eggs
13| How to draw a rose
14| How to gain weight
15| How to get rid of fruit flies
16| How to tie a bow tie
17| How to make slime
18| How to love
19| How to hard boil eggs
20| How to get rid of acne
"Recently, we noticed that 'how to...' searches have increased by more than 140% since 2004," said Simon Rogers, who's Google's data editor.
"And much of that search interest is directed towards how to 'fix' things—whether it's a lightbulb, window, washing machine, or even the toilet.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.