Yahoo! has just released the 2012 Obsessions list -- a list of online search tends that dominated this year-- and it appears that kids were a driving factor in what was hot for 2012.
While a few of the searches were definitely not suitable for children ("Fifty Shades of Grey" made the list), many of the top search trends were clearly driven by kids and teens (and perhaps searched on via their iPhone 5s, which also made the list).
Check out the top-searched Obsessions on Yahoo for 2012, and find out why your kids may have been searching for them.
"One Direction." Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis are poised to be this generation's Beatles. The English-Irish boy band topped the charts and stole tween hearts in 2012, making Billboard history with their chart-topping second album "Take Me Home," and marking the first time a British band debuted their first two albums at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
"The Hunger Games." A little dark, yes, but "The Hunger Games" -- the young adult novel about teens who battle to the death -- was extra-hot this year due to the release of the movie adaption. Many parents questioned if the movie was too violent for kids, but the film was given a generous PG-13 rating and spawned an interest in archery among young boys and girls.
"Call Me Maybe." Singer Carly Rae Jepsen's catchy pop tune hit No. 1 on music charts and was named Billboard's "Song of Summer." The Canadian pop singer was voted Best New Artist at this year's American Music Awards, and her teen fans showed her some love with a Teen Choice Award.
"Honey Boo Boo." Six-year-old Alana Thompson became a household name this year, but the TLC reality series about the home life of the child beauty pageant star wasn't exactly for kids. Foul language and bathroom humor were at the forefront of the show, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta called for families to examine their own eating habits as they watched the Georgia family munch on cheese puffs, pork rinds, and "sketti" (butter and ketchup over spaghetti noodles). Still it didn't stop the show's star from being the theme of one of the top Halloween costumes of the year.
"Gangnam Style." In 2012, this club hit by Psy became a hit on the playground, too. During a recent appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor," Fox News youth correspondent Dr. Keith Ablow questioned the song's popularity, comparing it to a drug and saying,"[Psy] is tapping into the fact that people don't want any meaning right now. The most popular music, apparently, is that without intelligible words to some extent, that simply conveys you to a distant place, beat-wise, doesn't try to convince you of anything, that doesn't try to raise your emotions." The song also spawned a slew of spoofs, including Annoying Orange's "Orange Nya Nya Style," which may just be the most annoying song ever recorded.
Other 2012 Obsessions included "Political polls," "Titanic," and " Megamillions."
Victoria Leigh Miller is a freelance writer. She has been writing about parenting topics since 2001.
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