What do you Google?
Digging deep into my memories, I can still recall my first venture on to the Internet. Rather than information or assistance, this visit was for the purpose of downloading a particular item. This incident was back when an external modem device and a dial-up telephone connection were vital ingredients required for this task rather than the click 'n' connect Broadband options we all use for modern Internet access. Those were the days when Internet users were considered to be in the minority.
As mentioned, my first venture was for the purpose of downloading content. This was a chess game running on the DOS platform. While I can remember the event, I am unable to supply information as to how much time the download required. However it was certainly much longer than that required by modern day Broadband standards as those who took part in a recent study by OnePoll commissioned by British Gas.
This study, involving 2,000 UK adults, and dealing with how people were coping with coping with problems when outside visitors were discouraged due to Lockdown restrictions, revealed that the average UK residence will consult the Internet 30 times a week. This will be to seek assistance to help with issues such as cooking advice, make TV show queries and discovering DIY tricks. In fact some, around 5%, admitted to making more than 100 visits in an average week as they checked out the opening times of shops and how to fix a broken appliance.
Other popular topics covered by information searches on the Internet included how to make bread, unblock a drain, fix a boiler and discover customer service phone numbers. Of those taking part in this study, 47% were pleased to discover how much they could get done due to a visit to the Internet without having to rely on others or seeking professional assistance. 30% said taking the Internet route for help had saved them money.
The research also discovered that 46% of those taking part had recently learnt a new skill using Google or another device. More than half of those polled stated that they had managed to fix something while being restricted to the home environment due to the Lockdown period without any need to call on the assistance of a professional. Other features such as Siri and Alexa were used to help instigate the search for a required solution for a particular. Google came out top as the most common feature when looking for answers with around 80% opting for this service.
According to the survey, here is a list of the top 50 things Brits will Google when searching for particular information.
- What are the opening hours of a shop or similar?
- The latest news stories
- Who sang a particular song?
- Who starred in a particular film?
- Dates in history
- A customer service phone number
- How old a celebrity is
- How to find discounts/voucher codes
- Self-diagnosis for an ailment
- Where certain cities are
- Facts about a celebrity such as where they live, how tall they are etc.
- Where certain countries are
- How to care for certain plants
- Good films to watch
- Good TV shows to watch
- Good books to read
- How to fix a broken appliance
- How to identify different birds
- Where to buy certain clothes
- The answer to a pub quiz question
- How to get a refund for something
- What are the current social distancing/lockdown restrictions?
- Things to do at home
- Who different members of the government are and their roles
- How to find home workouts
- How to make bread
- How to get vitamin D
- Where different animals live
- How to cut hair
- How to clear my phone's storage
- How to update my phone
- How to bake banana bread
- How to make cocktails
- How to make pizza dough
- How to make scones
- How to make a face mask
- How to unblock a drain
- Answers for children's homework
- How to fix a dripping tap
- How to make a face mask
- How to bleed a radiator
- How to do yoga
- How to fix a leak
- How to fix a boiler
- How to set up a video call
- How to do a meter reading
- How to set up an email address
- How to put up a shelf
- How to fit carpet/flooring
- How to knit
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