The search for love is real - well on Google at least! "What is love?" has turned out to be the top question that people asked on the topic. A week ahead of Valentine's Day, Google compiled a list of global popular searches about love since 14 February last year from Google Trends.
Given that we live in an emoji fascinated society, here are a few insights about romance and emoji from around the world:
- We love to love: the heart-eyes emoji ? is the #4 most popular emoji worldwide, followed by the heart ❤ at #5
- It takes two: sometimes one emoji doesn’t cut it, so you gotta double up. And when we do, we’re usually feeling a bit mushy. Half of the most popular (non-repeating) emoji duos are about L-O-V-E:
- Some languages love *love* more than others: the heart ❤ is the most-used emoji for people who type in French, Portuguese and Dutch
- An emoji by any other word: Hindi speakers use the rose ? more than any other emoji
- Living up to the country’s romantic reputation, Italian speakers use the kiss ? more than any other emoji. Bacio!
Google's spokesperson Olive U. Somuch, with the cheeky job title of Not-So-Secret Admirer, explained, “To celebrate all the ways that people around the world show their love (as artists have done for ages), we’re sharing our Romance Report to give you a global glimpse at how people look to say “Be Mine” in their own special way."
According to the Romance Report, users are finding out about the five love languages, which were first talked about in Gary Chapman's 1995 book. From the findings, the top love language that people need help demystifying seems to be quality time.
People are also searching up how to express themselves, verbally and physically. Questions include how to apologise, confess, kiss and hug. Unsurprisingly, users have been looking for a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift for their partners, with do-it-yourself and acts of service queries being some of the most popular searches.
Notably, Google added a few sweet tricks up its Google Assistant's sleeve and lovingly dubbed it the love doctor. Users can learn how to say "I love you" in eight different languages by wishing Google "Happy Valentine's Day", or indulge in a love song by asking Google to "Seranade me". They can also get their Assistant to tell them a fact about love to learn the interesting ways that the creatures across the animal kingdom show their affection, or take a quiz to uncover the kind of special bond they have with their Assistant by asking "Do you love me?"