Jennifer Lawrence, World Cup top city Google hits

Actress Jennifer Lawrence was one of the most searched-for names from people in Edinburgh over the last year. Pic: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Actress Jennifer Lawrence was one of the most searched-for names from people in Edinburgh over the last year. Pic: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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EDINBURGH was more interested in Jennifer Lawrence than independence, if the number of Google searches last year is anything to go by.

Overall, the World Cup emerged as the most searched-for term everywhere in Scotland, even beating the Commonwealth Games.

But Capital residents revealed a more sophisticated curiosity than people in other Scottish cities when it came to asking the world’s most popular search engine “how to . . .”

Details published by Google show the top three requests from Edinburgh were how to Skype, how to study and how to decoupage (decorate with paper). Glasgow’s top three were how to snog, hypnotise and spell. Aberdeen’s most popular searches were how to cuddle, shuffle and survive. And Dundonians were most interested in knowing how to waltz, hack and crochet.

Google said search trends were the most precise way to find out what was going on inside the heads of Scots.

Across the country the top news stories of the year were Ebola, Malaysia Airlines and Scottish Independence, while the most-searched for TV show was once again children’s favourite Peppa Pig - which topped Eastenders, Coronation street and Big Brother.

Google UK’s Stephen Rosenthal said: “Google’s Year in Search gives us the best snapshot of what moved, inspired, shocked and intrigued us in 2014. “With so many of us now having multiple computers, phones and tablets immediately to hand, these results are the most accurate and comprehensive collection of what the UK’s been talking about this year.”