I’m fascinated lately by what people search for online, especially when we have so many people at the library using the internet. Recently, I came across a list of the Top 10 Questions “Millennials” searched for in May of 2013.  (Yahoo put together the list of searches from their site. This doesn’t include the popular Google searches.)

yahoo_logo_caFor those not familiar, millennials are the group of people aged 18 – 35. While the questions they ask aren’t that strange (I think a lot of people have no idea what “twerking” is), there are a few surprises (how to boil an egg). Here is the list in order:

1.  What is a meme?  (If you’re not familiar with memes, they are an internet sensation that is passed from person to person, usually through social media.  Think….grumpy cat photos.)

2.  How do I use Pinterest? (It’s not straightforward.  I asked the same question when I started.)

3.  How to boil and egg.

4.  What is hummus?

5.  What is twerking? (If you’re over 20 years old, you really don’t want to know.  Suffice it to say, it’s a type of dance you’ll never need to learn.)

6.  What is a 401K? (There are obviously a lot of Americans asking these questions.  I’m glad they’re asking this as millennials. It’s never too early, and usually too late.)

7.  What is the Great Gatsby about? (I guess young people want to know if it’s going to be worth the $12+ ticket price, plus snackage costs, to see the movie.  Hey…the book only costs $7.99 on Amazon!)

8.  What is a hashtag? (Since we’re tweeting and on Instagram at the library, we’re getting into the whole hashtag thing.  #############)

9.  What is a narcissist? (I thought this was an interesting question. I guess a lot of people want to know.)

10.  How to tie a tie.  (It is graduation, prom and wedding season.  This is an important skill to learn, people.)

I wish Yahoo would do this list for each age group.  It might be enlightening.



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