Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? Ask.com Unveils the Top Questions of 2009

'How much should I weigh?' was most-asked question of 2009

Dec 01, 2009, 08:30 ET from Ask.com

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ask.com®, the #1 brand for questions and answers online and an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced its top questions of 2009, as told through the billions of questions asked by millions of Americans on Ask.com this year. The full list of Top 2009 Questions is available on Ask.com.

More than 50 million people visit Ask each month, where they are three times more likely to enter their queries in the form of a question than on other search engines.* Additionally, queries in the form of a question on Ask have grown year-over-year and sequentially.

"The top questions of 2009 reveal a portrait of Americans determined to improve their financial and personal health, strengthen their relationship and parenting skills, and learn from the modern-day heroes who emerged this year," said Doug Leeds, President of Ask.com US. "Our research shows that when consumers type a question into the search box, they want a direct and immediate answer, versus when they search by keywords, they're more likely to be exploring information options. As such, Ask has unique insight into Americans' attitudes about current events and their culture."

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 40% of all Americans are overweight, so it's not surprising that the most-asked question of 2009 was "How much should I weigh?" followed closely by "How do I get out of debt fast?" - a reflection of the all-time highs of credit card and mortgage debt in 2009, worsened by the steadily rising unemployment rate.

Ask.com's Top Questions of 2009:

  1. How much should I weigh?
  2. How do I get out of debt fast?
  3. How do I get pregnant?
  4. What is Twitter?
  5. What is Miley Cyrus' phone number?
  6. What is the meaning of life?
  7. When will the world end?
  8. How long does marijuana stay in your system?
  9. What are the symptoms of Swine Flu?
  10. What time is it?

Consumers are taking a pass on the expensive, all-inclusive gym memberships and turning to the Internet as their personal trainer.

Top Fitness Questions:

  1. How many calories should I eat a day?
  2. How do I get a six-pack fast?
  3. What is the best exercise to burn calories?
  4. How much should I be able to bench press?
  5. What is Pilates?
  6. How many calories do you burn running a mile?
  7. What are the benefits of jogging?
  8. How long does it take to tone muscle?
  9. Is yoga better for you than Pilates?
  10. How do you boost your metabolism?

Reflecting the economic wake-up call the world has received over the past two years, Americans sought to resolve their financial woes and improve their financial acumen in 2009.

Top Personal Finance Questions:

  1. What is a good credit score?
  2. How do I file for bankruptcy?
  3. How do I start my own business?
  4. What is a short sale in real estate?
  5. Who owns the Federal Reserve Bank?
  6. How much is minimum wage?
  7. How do savings bonds work?
  8. What can I deduct on my taxes?
  9. What is a trust fund?
  10. What is a hedge fund?

Twitter wasn't the only technology that consumers sought to understand in 2009, as Americans are still seeking to understand Internet basics.

Top Technology Questions:

  1. How do I make a website?
  2. What does URL stand for?
  3. How do I find my IP address?
  4. What is an RSS feed?
  5. How many megabytes are in a gigabyte?
  6. How do I delete my cookies?
  7. What is JavaScript?
  8. What does FTP stand for?
  9. What is a 3G network?
  10. What is a PDF file?

No doubt about it; consumers want to know the latest gossip on their favorite celebrity personalities. While some of the Top Celebrity Rumors of 2009 proved to be nothing more than sensational tabloid headlines, others proved to be true.

Top Celebrity Rumors of 2009:

  1. Is Miley Cyrus pregnant?
  2. Is Adam Lambert straight?
  3. Is Lady Gaga a man?
  4. Is Michelle Obama pregnant?
  5. Is Robert Pattinson dating Kristen Stewart?
  6. Did Chris Brown get Rihanna pregnant?
  7. Are Jon and Kate getting a divorce?
  8. Is Michael Phelps using marijuana?
  9. Who is the father of Michael Jackson's children?
  10. Did David Letterman keep a secret bedroom is his studio?

*According to comScore (October, 2009)

About Ask

Ask.com is an operating business of IAC. The Ask Network of sites is the 6th largest Internet property in the U.S., with 88 million domestic unique monthly users, according to October 2009 comScore data. Ask.com syndicates its search technology and advertising solutions to a network of affiliate partners.

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