The coronavirus has dethroned the Super Bowl as Google’s most-searched subject, the tech giant revealed Tuesday.
Since the pandemic began, searches for information on the virus have been four times greater than inquiries about the Super Bowl, according to the company’s first quarter data. “People are being more cautious and seeking authoritative advice and guidance to protect their family’s safety,” says Google CEO Sundar Pichal.
Ruth Porat, the chief financial officer of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, says the spike indicates people view the popular search engine as a trusted source of vital information. “We’re humbled that users continue to turn to us as much as they do in a time of global need and uncertainty,” Porat says. “We take that responsibility very seriously.”