If you want to know what most people are searching for on the internet, maybe the total views on Wikipedia could give you an idea of what has been a trending topic this 2023, a year marked by wars, inflation, and numerous scandals.
If we go by the 25 most viewed Wikipedia articles in 2023, people have been very concerned this year about two key issues: the atomic bomb and artificial intelligence. The first issue makes sense and it’s not because of Russia or Israel’s fault.
What has been the most searched on Wikipedia this 2023?
At the top of the list, as expected, is ChatGPT, with a whopping 49.4 million page views. OpenAI’s chatbot has appeared on multiple lists this year, including the favorite apps list for Android users.
And it’s not just on the English Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation stated that ChatGPT racked up over 78 million page views across all languages.
There are some surprising and some not-so-surprising things about this year’s top Wikipedia articles. While top movies of the year usually receive many clicks, people worldwide wanted to know more about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project’s research on the atomic bomb.
Oppenheimer held the seventh position among Wikipedia entries with the most clicks, while the Oppenheimer movie itself landed in the fifth spot. The Barbie movie secured the 13th position, with nearly 19.8 million visits.
Movies claimed seven out of the top 25 spots. Among them was the sequel to Avatar: “The Shape of Water” by James Cameron, the grand science fiction production featuring blue cats and humans, at position 20.
Of course, the celebrities also grabbed several top spots. Swifties worldwide propelled Taylor Swift to the 12th position, with 19.4 million visits. Argentine footballer Lionel Messi nearly hit 16.6 million visits.
If you’re curious, here are the 25 most-read Wikipedia articles in 2023.