The Most Googled People

In 2013, internet users were completely fascinated with musical artists — who were very busy behaving badly in 2013 to promote their tours, shows, or products. Clearly, sex sells. Unlike past years, all celebrities on the list are still with us — to annoy or entertain the public, depending on your perspective. According to Google Zeitgeist, the most googled people in 2013 were:
1. Miley Cyrus
2. Drake
3. Kim Kardashian
4. Justin Bieber
5. Beyonce
6. Rihanna
7. Taylor Swift
8. Selena Gomez
9. Katy Perry
10. Kanye West

In 2012, people were fascinated with the untimely deaths (3 celebrities, and 1 student), a member of the royal family, a singing group, a skydiver, a basketball player, an actor (who was the victim of a death hoax), and a war criminal/terrorist. The list of the most googled people in 2012 were:
1. Whitney Houston
2. Kate Middleton
3. Amanda Todd
4. Michael Clarke Duncan
5. One Direction
6. Felix Baumgartner
7. Jeremy Lin
8. Morgan Freeman
9. Joseph Kony
10. Donna Summer

A year earlier, the world had a fascination with tragic deaths and bad behavior. The most searched people on Google for 2011 included those who recently slipped the surly bonds of earth, landing perhaps at St. Peter’s gates. Whether they were allowed in is anybody’s guess. Charlie Sheen breaks the top five through a public tantrum of epic proportions. Like moths to the flame, the public could not get enough of the spectacle. The inclusion of pop idols Gomez and Bieber only confirm the predominance of adolescents surfing the web — when they are not texting one another. The inclusion of Kim Kardashian, however, suggests that everyone enjoys a dose of schadenfreude now and then. Centuries from now, historians and sociologists will be at a loss of explaining this facile fascination with all things Kardashian. Below is the list of the most googled people of 2011:

1. Ryan Dunn
2. Amy Winehouse
3. Steve Jobs
4. Charlie Sheen
5. Selena Gomez
6. Casey Anthony
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Lady Gaga
9. Kim Kardashian
10. Justin Bieber

Read related posts: The Most Googled Word
The Most Googled Men.
The Most Googled Women.
The Most Googled Topic.

For further reading: usnews.com/news/slideshows/the-10-most-googled-people-of-2011
google.com/trends/topcharts?date=2013
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