The last few days of the year are always a time for reflection. A time when we look back on the year that was and take stock of our achievements, our disappointments, our ups and downs. As we look back on ourselves and our society, we thought we’d take a look at the top Google Searches (or most searched terms) for 2017.

Top 10 Global Searches for 2017

(So far – we still have a few days to go, after all)

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. iPhone 8
  3. iPhone X
  4. Matt Lauer
  5. Meghan Markle
  6. 13 Reasons Why
  7. Tom Petty
  8. Fidget Spinner
  9. Chester Bennington
  10. India national cricket team

According to the most asked questions on Google in 2017, it was the year of “How”:

Top South African Searches in 2017

Just for fun, here are the top South African searches of 2017

Top searches in SA, 2017:

  1. Dumi Masilela
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Cyclone Dineo
  4. Joe Mafela
  5. Karabo Mokoena
  6. Joost van der Westhuizen
  7. Black Friday
  8. Mayweather vs McGregor fight
  9. Fast & Furious 8
  10. Hurricane Irma

Top Questions in SA, 2017:

  1. What is dineo?
  2. What is bitcoin?
  3. Who won the money fight?
  4. What role can the private sector play in poverty alleviation?
  5. How to lose belly fat?
  6. How old is Simphiwe Ngema?
  7. What is happening in Zimbabwe?
  8. How to make slime?
  9. What is junk status?
  10. How to manage xenophobia?

Most Searched Personalities in SA, 2017

  1. Dumi Masilela
  2. Joe Mafela
  3. Joost van der Westhuizen
  4. Zodwa Wabantu
  5. Mandla Hlatshwayo
  6. Lundi Tyamara
  7. Simphiwe Ngema
  8. Grace Mugabe
  9. Hugh Hefner
  10. Chester Bennington

Top ‘near me’ searches in 2017

  1. Pharmacy near me
  2. Dentist near me
  3. KFC near me
  4. Jobs hiring near me
  5. Hardware store near me
  6. Gynaecologist near me
  7. Printing shops near me
  8. Steers near me
  9. Sushi near me
  10. Doctors near me

Top Searched TV Shows in SA, 2017

  1. 13 reasons why
  2. Games of Thrones
  3. Isibaya
  4. Uzalo
  5. Big Brother Naija
  6. American Gods
  7. Idols SA
  8. Sex in the City
  9. Big Little Lies
  10. Riverdale

Top Searched Recipes in 2017

  1. Oxtail recipes
  2. Sweet potato recipes
  3. Beef stew recipes
  4. Vegan recipes
  5. Creamed spinach recipes
  6. Halal recipes
  7. Prawn recipes
  8. Spaghetti recipes
  9. Cauliflower recipes
  10. Bread recipes

Find more on the top trending searches of 2017 here.