What Are Pennsylvania’s Most Searched Terms in 2023?

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The year just flew by for Pennsylvanians. From the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl in February to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS in October, there certainly has been many moments, newsworthy events, and opportunities for Pennsylvania sports betting over the last 365 days.

So, we decided to see what captured the minds of state residents when it came to search engines in 2023. Utilizing Google Trends, PennStakes.com analyzed the most searched terms in the state of Pennsylvania from Jan. 1, 2023, to Dec. 10, 2023. We finalized the Top 10 queries by utilizing the terms that have seen the biggest increase in search volume over the year. Here are the top 10 results for the Keystone State from PennStakes.com, your source for PA sports betting apps

Biggest Increases in Search Volume in 2023

RankTermBiggest % Increase In Searches (2023)
1“Damar Hamlin”+2,850%
2”NYT Connections”+1,700%
T-5”Character AI”+900%
T-5“Weather 10 Days”+900%
7“Matthew Perry”+650%
9“Super Bowl 2023”+350%
10“Taylor Swift”+250%


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Damar Hamlin Tops List

Arguably the biggest story of the year happened on the second day of the year and it was the most searched. Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was part of a surreal moment after he had suffered cardiac arrest during a Week 17 road game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2. He topped the list among searches at an amazing (+2,850%) when he had tackled wide receiver Tee Higgins and required immediate emergency medical treatment on the field. We all know what happened after that.

“NYT Connections” placed second at +1,700%. Released earlier this year, Connections is a daily word puzzle game by The New York Times that requires players to find relationships between various words. The objective is to carve out four groups, each containing four words, all while steering clear of more than four mistakes. This is along the same genre of games like Wordle, etc. 
Rounding out the top three is “ChatGPT” at +1,525%. Residents of the Commonwealth are all trying to understand and implement what ChatGPT and “Character AI” (5th, +900%) can do in our daily lives. “Super Bowl 23,” involving the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, placed ninth on the list at +500%.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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