2017 Was The Year The World Asked “HOW”

Can you recall the number of times you searched google using “how”?, countless, I guess. Year 2017 is about coming to an end and it has been discovered that people around the world asked “how” the most this year. Year 2017 was the year the world asked “how’, according to google analyzed data.

The number of “hows” asked in year 2017 in the video was atleast 10times more in year 2017 than it has ever been.

The following are some of the most used search queries:

“how to be fearless”, “how to move forward”, “how do wildfire start”, , “how to calm a dog during a storm”.

Some of the searches were in response to political tensions across the world. Such as:

“how to make a protest sign to run for office”, “how far can North Korea missile go”, “how much will the wall cost”.

The data equally showed how the world reacted to disasters across the world. Many of the trending questions of 2017 centered around the tragedies and disasters that touched every corner of the world. Hurricanes devastated the Caribbean, Houston and Florida. An earthquake struck Mexico City. Famine struck Somalia, and Rohingya refugees fled for safety.

“how many refuges are in the world”

“how to help Las Vegas”

“how to help Puerto Rico, ….Somalia refugee, …..Houston, ……Syria, ……..Rohingya,  etc

In these moments and others, our collective humanity shined as we asked “how to help” more than ever before.

Other searches includes:

“how to watch the eclipse” and “how to shoot like Curry,” to “how to move forward” and “how to make a difference,” “how to be a good parent”, “how to be superhero”, etc

These questions showed humanity’s shared desire to understand experiences, to come to each other’s aid, and, ultimately, to move our world forward. It also confirms that the human mind desires to learn and know much more and increase knowledge. In summary, 2017 was truly the year the world asked how!


Google is an American multinational technology company founded on the 4th of September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D students at Stanford University. The company specializes in Internet-related services and products such as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of the company’s profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results. Google’s headquarters is in Mountain View, California.



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