While the year is yet to get over, Ask.com has charged ahead and released the top searches for this year plus the predictions for 2015. Valerie Combs, a consumer trend expert from Ask.com has been quoted as saying, "Every year, millions of people come to Ask to get answers, and learn new things through the natural conversational format of Q&A. As a result, we get unique insight into not only what is resonating with millions of consumers today, but how that might evolve in the year ahead.”
The most searched for topic this year was "What are the symptoms of Ebola?” When this virus spread to the US from Africa, there seems there was a definite spike in the search volume. Due to unrest in the Middle East and Israel, searches pertaining to Israel and Hamas also topped the list of news items sought on the site.
Most searched for celebrities this year were Hollywood actor Robin Williams and comedian Joan Rivers, who died tragic deaths this year. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence who was targeted through a nude photograph hacking scandal were also among the most searched celebrities in 2014.
Gaining insights from 2014, data, Ask.com also made certain predictions within the entertainment and lifestyle categories. For instance, based on the fall in number of searches and questions associated with Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the prediction made by Ask.com is that the reality show will be cancelled after the 10th season.
Given below are the top 10 search results for the categories mentioned along with the 2015 predictions.
Top 10 Search Terms (News)
- Malaysia Airlines
- Ice Bucket Challenge
- Sochi Winter Olympics
- World Cup
- Malala Yousafzai
- iPhone 6
Top 10 Search Terms (Politics)
- Indian Election
- Hong Kong
- Janet Yellen
- Kim Jong-un
- Hobby Lobby
Top 10 Celebrity & Entertainment Search Terms
- Robin Williams
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Kim Kardashian
- Joan Rivers
- Ray Rice
- Angelina Jolie
- Renee Zellweger
- Kate Middleton
- Derek Jeter
Predictions Regarding Lifestyle and Entertainment Headlines for 2015
- Keeping Up With the Kardashians is going to be cancelled after its 10th season.
- Nashville will replace New Orleans as the top leading Southern US travel destination.
- Michael Keaton is one of the prime contenders to be cast in third season of True Detective.
- Wyatt will be included in top 100 baby names for girls.
- The bulldog will dethrone the Labrador as America’s most favorite and popular dog.
- Stephen Colbert will become the winner of the late night talk show wars.
- Personal robots will sell twice as many models in 2015 than were sold this year.
- No-sugar diets will push gluten free out of the top spot for the health fad of 2014.
- BMW’s i3, the luxury auto maker’s latest entry to the electric car market segment, will have spikes in sales, exceeding the growth rate seen in 2014 by the Tesla and the Nissan Leaf.
- Adele’s rumoured upcoming album will top the charts and break her own record for previous album release.