Ask.com’s Top Searches of 2014 & Predictions for 2015

The year may not be over yet, but Ask.com is pulling out all the stops and has already released its top searches of 2014, as well as its predictions for 2015.

Valerie Combs, a consumer trend expert at Ask.com, said, “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.”

Topping the news list for 2014 were searches for “What are the symptoms of Ebola?” It appears that as the virus spread from Africa to the United States, there was a definite spike in volume for the search. And because of unrest in Israel, searches related to Israel and Hamas topped the news list.

The most searched for celebrities in 2014 included Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, who both passed away tragically, as well as celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, who were part of the nude photo hacking scandal.

Based on the data from 2014, Ask.com also made some predictions in the lifestyle and entertainment categories. For example, based on the declining number of searches and questions tied to Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Ask.com predicts that it will be canceled after its 10th season.

Below is a list of the top 10 search results for each category mentioned above, as well as the 2015 predictions.

Top 10 News Search Terms

  1. Ebola
  2. ISIS
  3. Malaysia Airlines
  4. Ice Bucket Challenge
  5. Ferguson
  6. Sochi Winter Olympics
  7. World Cup
  8. Nigeria
  9. Malala Yousafzai
  10. iPhone 6

Top 10 Political Search Terms

  1. Israel
  2. Ukraine
  3. Indian Election
  4. Scotland
  5. Hong Kong
  6. Janet Yellen
  7. Thailand
  8. Veterans
  9. Kim Jong-un
  10. Hobby Lobby

Top 10 Celebrity & Entertainment Search Terms

  1. Robin Williams
  2. Jennifer Lawrence
  3. Jay-Z
  4. Kim Kardashian
  5. Joan Rivers
  6. Ray Rice
  7. Angelina Jolie
  8. Renee Zellweger
  9. Kate Middleton
  10. Derek Jeter

Predicted Lifestyle & Entertainment Headlines for 2015

  1. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is canceled after its 10th season.
  2. Nashville edges out New Orleans as the top Southern U.S. travel destination.
  3. Michael Keaton is one of the top contenders to be cast in third season of True Detective.
  4. Wyatt breaks into the top 100 baby names for girls.
  5. The bulldog dethrones the Labrador as America’s most popular dog. 
  6. Stephen Colbert becomes the winner of the late night talk show wars.
  7. Personal robots will sell twice as many models in 2015 than were sold in 2014.
  8. No sugar diets knock gluten free out of the top spot for the health fad of the year.
  9. BMW’s i3, the luxury auto maker’s new entry to the electric car market, spikes in sales, surpassing the growth rate seen in 2014 by both the Tesla and the Nissan Leaf.
  10. Adele’s rumored new album tops the charts and breaks her own previous album release record.

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