Video conferencing applications in a smartphone. Photo by VnExpress / Luu Quy
Google Year in Search reveals that football and e-learning have been the top research topics in Vietnam this year.
The most wanted was ‘Lich Thi Dau Euro’, or the matches of the UEFA European Football Championship which ran from mid-June to mid-July when Vietnam had a stay-at-home order. after the fourth wave of Covid-19.
The report says watching football has helped people cope with pandemic restrictions.
The event also saw ‘VTV6’, a TV channel that broadcast the tournament live, to finish third for the most searched keyword on Google.
Five of the top 10 searches by involved Vietnamese platforms that facilitate online learning, including education sites and portals Olm (3rd), Azota (4th), K12online (7th), VioEdu (8th) and the Google Meet video conferencing application (5th).
Students are using e-learning apps for class because the pandemic has forced them to stay home for months.
Snaptik, an app that allows users to download videos from the TikTok social media platform without a watermark, was in sixth place.
Besides sports, internet users also searched for games and movies for entertainment, including online multiplayer game Play Together (9th) and Netflix (10th).
The stay-at-home order has triggered an increase in research related to social distancing regulations and Covid PCR testing and where to take the tests and the like.
Google search trends act as a cultural barometer, revealing news, sports, and other events that have captured a country’s interest over the past year.
About 68.72 million of Vietnam’s 96 million people are online.