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Photo: Thaspol Sangsee (Shutterstock) Google just released its annual “ Year in Search ,” a collection of the new, most-searched terms for 2021. According to Matt Cooke, head of Google News Lab, “Year in Search always provides a fascinating insight into what the nation is thinking, learning and discovering—about themselves and others.” Remember: This isn’t the top searches overall , but the top searches that weren’t top searches previously, so “Coronavirus” or “free pornography” will not be included because they’ve been with us forever, but “Squid Games” will appear. Surprisingly, “Why is this happening?” and “Dear God, please make it stop” did not top the world’s search results, perhaps because we scream these things, and Google’s voice-to-text hasn’t been fully adopted yet. Instead, people (people who use Google anyway) were most likely to search for “Australia vs. India” and “India vs. England,” terms related to World Cup Cricket matches. (Cricket is a sport of some kind.) While “a lot of people care about Cricket” provides a fascinating insight into what the world is thinking, learning, and discovering, we are Americans, so let’s get serious and talk about us ! The things people search for “how to be” At Lifehacker.com, we’re in the “how to be better” business, so Google search terms that begin “ How to be…” are of great interest to us. These results, furtively typed into a search bar in the dead of night, are a secret window into our most hidden desires and aspirations. It turns […]