Pokemon Go, iPhone 7 and Donald Trump were the top 3 most search terms for the year 2016 on Google, Google Trends report shows.
The augmented reality game effectively ruled the Internet and though it wasn’t released across the globe at the same time – and still hasn’t been released everywhere – the game found itself a massive fan following with millions of downloads each day. People in countries where the game wasn’t released found ways to bypass the geo-constraints by using VPN services or by creating new App Store accounts by selecting regions where the game was released.
Following the Pokemon Go was Apple’s latest flagship smartphone – the iPhone 7 – that ruled the search engine charts. US President-elect Donald Trump turned out to be the third most searched term becoming one of three people in the top ten search terms, alongside deceased musicians Prince and David Bowie, both of whom passed away this year.
Here’s the entire list of top 10 searches for 2016:
- Pokemon Go
- iPhone 7
- Donald Trump
- David Bowie
- Suicide Squad
Pokémon Go’s health benefits
Pokémon Go improves physical activity among adults who use the game, but the effect is moderate and not sustained over time, finds a study published in The BMJ Christmas issue this week. Results show that the daily average steps during the first week of installation increased by 955 additional steps – equivalent to half of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation for physical activity per week.
It has been suggested that the game can increase physical activity and promote public health, because it incentivizes walking. However, these claims are based on anecdotal evidence. So researchers from Harvard University set out to determine whether playing the game had any effect on physical activity among young adults in the United States.
The findings show the daily average steps during the first week of installation increased by 955 additional steps. Assuming steps of 0.8 m at a pace of 4 km/h, the change would translate into 11 minutes of additional walking daily – around half of the WHO’s recommendation of 150 or more minutes weekly. However, the number of steps gradually decreased over the following five weeks, and by the sixth week the number had returned to pre-installation levels.
The results remained the same even after accounting for a number of factors that may have influenced the findings, such as age, sex, race, weight status, and walkability of the area of residence. Check out the video below: