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Long gone are the days of learning how to kiss by practising on an orange, teens of today ask Google instead.
The search engine has released the most popular ‘how to’ terms searched for in 2014, broken down by city. It reveals that the official top searches performed in Brighton were:
1. How to kiss
2. How to draw
3. How to plank
To be fair, I don’t know how to plank either so I’d be interested in reading the results of that search.
I’m always interested in this data that Google releases at the end of each year (I used to work in SEO so it was important to have an understanding of the most searched-for topics) as it hints at some of the online trends to come.
Here’s the summary video of the year in search:
This also made me start thinking about what my own top ‘how to’ search terms as a teen might have been?
1. “How to tame frizzy hair”
These days my hair-related searches are more about finding a nice or interesting cut that I can have with curly hair, or how to sport a fringe when you’ve got curly hair (I’ll save you some time: it’s not possible) but as a teen I reckon anti-frizz tips would have been up there.
2. “How to get served in the pub”
Weirdly, despite the worry, I didn’t actually have much trouble with this – I remember going into a club with older kids from school when I was about 14 or 15. I was told to strut confidently past the bouncers and avoid eye contact. I think the fact that I got in shows more about how much of a shit they gave about underage drinkers than how old I thought I looked.
3. “How to meet Leonardo DiCaprio”
Along with every other teenage girl in the world, I loved Leo DiCap and my bedroom was COVERED in pictures of him circa the Titanic years.
4. “How to complete Mario Kart”
Funnily enough I looked this up the other day for the Wii so not much has changed.
5. “How to pass exams without revising”
I did actually revise for my mock GCSEs and did really well, but by the time it came to the real deal I was sick of revising.
6. “How to get bigger boobs”
Anyone else remember the “I must increase my bust exercises”? That was probably a top unfounded worry at the time…
7. “How to sleep”
I struggled with getting a good night’s kip then and I struggle now – I think some handy tips then may have saved me some dark circles around my eyes now!
8. “How to be a magazine writer”
I remember when considering which A Levels to take, reading an interview with a journalist where they explained the career path they took and the subjects they studied. As a result I remember thinking I should take English Language, Media Studies and Psychology but my school’s sixth form only offered the basics at the time rather than fancy subjects like media and psychology, so I ended up going to college and doing a Media Production course instead.
9. “How to time travel”
As a child I loved time travel films, notably the Back to the Future trilogy (still probably my favourite films) and Flight of the Navigator. But I just did not understand it. My mum tried to explain it in so many different ways but it was over my head. Particularly the ‘alternate’ years (ie alternate 1985 in Back to the Future 2). WHAT?!
10. “How to know if a boy fancies you”
After researching how to kiss I might have moved on to recognising the signs of attraction. Because, you know, I couldn’t just speak to a boy and find out myself, that would have been WAYTOOMUCHOHMYGODI’MSHY.
What would have been your top ‘how to’ searches when you were a teenager?