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See Google’s Top 10 ‘How To’ Questions

From searching for news and information, to finding answers to the simplest of questions, Google has become a go-to-place for billions of people around the world. According to Smart Insights, an average of 4,464,000,000 Google searches are made per day.

On Friday, Google crunched its search data and compiled a global top 10 list of “how to” queries.

According to the data, “how to…” searches have increased by more than 140% since 2004, 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.

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In fact, “How to fix…” is consistently near the top of the list of most common queries, year after year, around the world. That’s why the Google Trends team teamed up with award-winning designer, Xaquín González Veira —formerly of “The Guardian”, “National Geographic” and “the New York Times”—to create its latest visual: How to fix a toilet…and other things you couldn’t do without Search.

The data visualization shows household items people ask Google how to fix, and how those searches vary by country. For instance, in the United States, the top “how to fix” items are doors, followed by windows, toilets, washing machines and refrigerators. While in Japan, the order is:  windows, doors, washing machines, and toilets.

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The visual also showcases data for the top searched “how to’s” around the world. The top ten are:

  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

Check out the interactive guide here, to explore more of this fascinating data.

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