This morning, Facebook announced its “2012 Year in Review,” a series of lists of the top trends of the year. And befitting a website that boasts hundreds of millions of users, popular, youth-skewing taste ruled the day — with one very hairy exception.
For movies, The Hunger Games earned the most mentions over The Avengers, but Channing Tatum was the big winner, with Magic Mike and The Vow coming in third and fourth. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 came in fifth.
The Hunger Games also dominated the books list, with all three of Suzanne Collins novels taking the top slots. J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book came in fifth, just behind the one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other entry, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. (If you’re despairing for online literary taste, perhaps you’ll be happy to learn To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby made the top 10.)
Surprisingly, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Flo Rida, and Justin Bieber all missed the top five music slots. Instead, fun.’s “We Are Young” power noted its way to no. 1, followed by Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” and Maroon 5’s “Payphone.”
The real shocker, though, is the TV list. A&E’s improbable sensation Duck Dynasty brought in the most mentions on Facebook in 2012, over Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey. Why our nation has become so obsessed with talking online about a Louisana duck hunting empire remains one of this year’s most enduring mysteries.
Click here to read all the full lists. Incidentally, if you can’t quite recall the top moments in your life from this past year, just go to facebook.com/yearinreview, and Facebook will happily do it for you.