What Google Tells Us About Sex

Based on Google searches, men and women lie about how much sex they have. Google search expert Seth Stephens-Davidowitz summarized what people say in sex surveys and what Google searches reveal about their sexuality. American men and women say that they have sex around 60 times per year and use condoms 20 percent of the time. That adds up to more than 1.1 billion condoms. But, Google statistics show only 600 millions condoms were sold last year, so somebody isn’t telling the truth.

Americans also lie about unprotected sex. Roughly 11 percent of sexually active women don’t use contraception. Since about 10 percent would get pregnant, birthrates would be much higher than the current national pregnancy rate of one in 113 women of childbearing age.

Analyses of Google searches also show that Americans have a lot of sexless relationships, more men than predicted by surveys are closeted gays, and sexual anxiety is a common problem in men and women. Men are particularly hung up on penis size and premature ejaculation, while women are concerned about vaginal odor and personal appearance.

Google searches might reflect what people don’t know rather than their sexual practices, so we’re not quite sure what goes on in the bedroom. (The New York Times, January 24, 2015)

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