There's perhaps no better log of what's on your mind than your browser search history. (Who hasn't deleted their search history on a shared computer?)
It stands to reason, then, that getting a window into our collective psyche is as simple as perusing Google's list of most-searched terms of the year. Google recently released The Year In Search--a comprehensive breakdown of everything we searched for this year, organized by category.
So what was on our minds in 2018? When it comes to people, these individuals were. Don't worry--if you don't know one ... I Googled it for you:
10. Cardi B
American rapper whose standout hits include Bodak Yellow and this year's breakout, I Like It, which currently has 674M streams on Spotify and counting.
9. Stormy Daniels
Her legal name is Stephanie Clifford, and she is an American stripper, porn star, and director who got into a legal battle with Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen this year. Trump and company paid Daniels $130,000 to stay quiet about an affair she says had with Trump in 2006.
8. Hailey Baldwin
Daughter of Stephen Baldwin, she's a model and TV personality who married Justin Bieber this year. While legally married, the couple has yet to stage a large-scale wedding with family and friends.
7. Brett Kavanaugh
A polarizing figure, Kavanaugh was appointed to the Supreme Court this year following what some described as an excruciating and exhausting battle for confirmation. Multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were levied against him.
6. Jair Bolsonaro
Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil in October, 2018. A very right-wing figure, many have compared him to Trump.
5. Khloé Kardashian
Younger sister of Kim Kardashian, Khloe nearly broke the internet this year when she had her baby girl, True Thompson, in April 2018.
4. Logan Paul
On December 31, 2017, controversial vlogger Paul uploaded a YouTube video showing the corpse of a suicide victim. The video gained 6.3M views within 24 hours, sparked outrage on many fronts, and almost cost Paul his YouTube channel. Paul has since been reinstated on the platform and contributed $1M to suicide prevention agencies.
3. Sylvester Stallone
Stallone did not die this past year, but a lot of people feared otherwise. In February, popular searches included "Sylvester Stallone dead 2018" and "Did sylvester stallone die." The countries where the hoax was passed around the most? South Africa, Ghana, and Bolivia (the U.S. came in 22nd on the list of Stallone searches).
2. Demi Lovato
A Grammy-nominated musical artist, Lovato was hospitalized this year for a suspected overdose. "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," Lovato said on social media. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet. I will keep fighting."
1. Meghan Markle
Markle married Prince Harry in a royal wedding this year, the guest list of which included Serena Williams, George Clooney, Oprah, Elton John, and the Spice Girls.