The relentless 2020 news cycle in one chart

Between the lines: The chart again reveals how short Americans’ attention span can be, with surges in Google searches often lasting only a week for a given topic.

You can see this with 2020 topics like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tearing up President Trump’s State of the Union speech, Kobe Bryant’s death and the Beirut explosion.

But several big topics saw multiple weeks of increased interest this year, such as masks, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family, the QAnon conspiracy theory, the record-breaking use of absentee ballots because of the pandemic, and the various investigations and conspiracy theories involving Hunter Biden.

By the numbers: Excluding “coronavirus” and “‘elections,” Kobe Bryant’s death generated the largest spike in searches of any other single event.