Popular searches using the Google engine in 2023 included asking why the prices of various items were so high, especially food.

Egg prices were most searched for in the “Why is/are… so expensive” category in the US, according to data from Alphabet-owned Google.Year in research” for 2023. The annual report provides insights into global and country-by-country search trends across a wide range of topics with significant increases in popularity compared to last year.

Searches for egg prices spiked in the second week of January, when the average price of a dozen eggs was $4.82, according to Google. The surveys were also particularly popular in California, Texas, Florida and New York.

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RISING EGG PRICES SUGGESTING PLANT-BASED ALTERNATIVES

Behind eggs being expensive was “Why are Taylor Swift tickets so expensive?” in terms of the most searched question about the price of things, according to Google. These searches, the technology giant said, peaked in May.

Egg shelves are seen with a note apologizing to customers for the price increase following the reduction in productivity caused by bird deaths caused by various diseases, in San Mateo, California, on January 23, 2023. Egg prices have jumped from two to three (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images/Getty Images)

TAYLOR SWIFT, BEYONCE, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN FINANCIALLY DOMINATED TOURS IN 2023

Swift’s successful “Eras Tour” kicked off in mid-March. The average cost of a ticket to her show averaged $238.95, according to Pollstar, although some other reports said seats in certain cities reached more than $1,000.

Taylor Swift on stage

Taylor Swift performs on stage during the “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour” at Foro Sol on August 24, 2023 in Mexico City. (Hector Vivas/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management/Getty Images)

Searching for “Why is Sriracha so expensive?” was also searched frequently in the US this year, especially in early July, Google said. The tech giant placed the condiment, which experienced shortages and made headlines at the time, third on its US Top 10 list in the “Why is/are…so expensive” category.

BLUEBERRY COSTS SOAR BECAUSE OF LACK OF SUPPLY

In the US, searches for why grapes and blueberries were priced so high ranked fourth and fifth in the “Why is/are…so expensive” set, the tech giant said. These popular questions saw spikes in May and in the transition from October to November, respectively.

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Blueberries photographed at the Agrargesellschaft Chemnitz mbH facility in Rottmanshagen. (Stefan Sauer/image alliance via Getty Images / Getty Images)

For blueberries, NielsenIQ data showed that grocery shoppers saw their price go from $4.09 on average in July to $5.88 in late October, FOX Business previously reported.

Meanwhile, many people in the US also used Google to search for information about why soda, the online video game Diablo IV, lettuce, viral Stanley Cups and concert tickets were “so expensive” this year, according to Google.

Google's 25-year-old parent company Alphabet has seen a nearly 49% increase in its share price since the start of the year as of Tuesday night.

Daniella Genovese contributed to this report.

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