Russia World Cup tops Google's list of 2018's most searched for terms

Russia World Cup tops Google's list of 2018's most searched for terms

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As 2018 wraps up, Google is taking a look back at the most popular web searches of the year.

Demi Lovato is the top-trending person of the year, according Google's 2018 Year in Search.

The data listed only includes searches made within the United States and not on a global scale. The two grand slams replaced two WWE events from 2017 as WrestleMania and Royal Rumble slipped out of the list in 2018.

Under the "near me" category, people searched the most for "mobile stores near me". Meghan Markle also came in the list of most-searched-for personalities. From asking Google how to make love, how to kiss and what is love at the very top.

This year's trending searches show South Africans keen interest in local celebrities, news and events, with six of the top 10 trending search terms being local. The company also mentioned that "How to.' and "What is.' are among the most interesting searches".

The 2018 FIFA World Cup and the slain Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and ex-lover to Migori Governor Okoth Obado respectively topped Google searches. Black Panther was the second most searched film and Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the top three. The company has provided over a thousand global top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, and news among others from more than 75 countries.

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