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There's no doubt about it – life has changed in the last few weeks. You don't need me to share data with you to prove it, but just to try and do justice to how unprecedented and mind-boggling the shift has been, take a look at this tracker of Google research results in the U.K. for both "delivery" and "restaurant" over the last five years:
That pattern is true in the U.S. as well. The below image shows that March 16 was the day everything changed – when "delivery" started being searched more than "bar" across the U.S.
Google Trends has been publishing insights on some of the world's more interesting searching patterns during this time. For example, the term "Binge-Watching" has never been searched more, and queries for "Free learning websites for kids" are up 1,350% in the last month. Here are the search engine's top five trending searches from the past month:
Of course, there's plenty of fear and uncertainty as well, judging from surges in searches for "cabin fever" and "when will this end."
But, people are also actively trying to stay healthy and emotionally resilient. The search term "grow vegetables" has had a real moment over the last month and the phrase "online meditation" saw a bump starting around March 16 as well.
I'll cap it off there as it's easy to get sucked into a Google Trends rabbit hole. Feel free to conduct your own searches and click 'reply' if you find any interesting data on how the U.S. or the world is Googling during this particularly odd moment in history.