States With Highest Percentage Of Highly Religious People Search For More Porn

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Research shows that states with higher populations of highly religious people also have more sex-related Google searches

Several studies have revealed that states with higher percentages of highly religious people disproportionately generate a higher number of Google searches for sexual content, according to Pacific Standard.

  • Research further shows that it isn’t religiosity in general that contributes to such behavior, but rather membership in certain denominations.
  • Sociologists Andrew Whitehead of Clemson University and Samuel Perry of the University of Oklahoma write:

"Higher percentages of evangelical Protestants, theists, and biblical literalists in a state predict higher frequencies of searching for porn, as do higher church attendance rates. Conversely, higher percentages of religiously unaffiliated persons in a state predict lower frequencies of searching for porn."

  • The researchers were able to deduce the percentage of the population that identifies as highly religious by using data from the Pew Research Forum on Religion and Public Life as well as the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. They reported:
    "States with more individuals in the evangelical Protestant tradition, a greater percentage of theists, a larger proportion of biblical liberalists, or a higher mean of religious service attendance area all linked to a higher percentage of searches for 'porn' across all Google search engine queries."
  • While this data does not reveal who is searching for the sexual material, Whitehead and Perry write that in highly religious communities "more overt expressions of sexuality are generally treated with disdain." This may push either non-religious or religious people in such environments to turn to the internet for sexual content.
  • They also noted that devout parents "tend to provide less sex education to their children,” explaining: "It could be that youth in strongly religious moral communities are left with few options for sexual education or expression, and thus are more likely to search for porn online."

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