Learning how to bake banana bread and cut your own hair may not have been included in your 2020 resolutions, but this year has brought unexpected changes to our daily lives.
By March, most Americans were sheltering in place for the COVID-19 pandemic. While rules varied state-by-state, many of us found ourselves spending more time at home than ever.
So what have we spent our time Googling and doing? Among the news and health search queries, such as coronavirus symptoms, other trends also emerged during this time safe at home. We looked into the hobbies and pastimes of Americans from March 1 through August 1 using Google Search trends to find where and when certain terms dominated.
Here’s what we found:
- Adopt a pet was the most popular, with Animal Crossing and Yoga with Adrienne the second and third hobby searches from March-August, respectively
- Streaming and online games dominated state search trends
- The Northeast took advantage of virtual field trips, while the South and Midwest streamed Tiger King
- The West was most likely to search for TikTok dances