According to a recent study, Americans search for sex on Google more often in the summer months of June and July—but also over the Christmas holidays and during the month of January, the Globe and Mail reports. The Villanova University study found that “searches related to finding a date, porn and prostitutes spiked during these periods,” as per the Globe. Man, I wish I could’ve been a research assistant on that project!
Apparently, when people are more sociable, they also get hornier, one of the study’s researchers suggests. “The summer time tends to bring a flurry of social activities, and December can bring holiday gatherings and shopping crowds,” Prof. Patrick Markey noted. I must say that shopping for presents makes me wanna go and baste the Christmas turkey, if you know what I mean. But let’s not overlook a key factor, here. The people who are Googling “boobs,” “porn” and “brothel” likely aren’t having sex—unless it’s with a prostitute. (On that note, Google searches for hookers apparently rose 35 per cent in March 2008, right around the time Eliot Spitzer got caught with one.)
Let’s face it, women tend to wear less clothing in the summertime, and the guy who spends all day staring at them on the subway could very well go home and dial up some hot schoolgirl action at the end of the night. Mind you, he probably doesn’t need to Google “boobs” to get off—he’s certainly got a few good sites bookmarked already. In fact, Googling lurid, sexual terms sometimes won’t lead you to porn at all. I know I’ve had my share of visitors in the past who’ve searched on some steamy keywords to get here—and not all of them had to do with Romanian Olympic gymnast Catalina Ponor…
That said, the spike on Googling for sex over Christmas certainly makes sense. Chances are, you’re not getting laid when you’re spending the holidays with your folks—unless maybe you live in rural Arkansas. And the last thing you wanna do is to be bookmarking anal-sex sites on Grandma’s Pentium II PC. That’s when Google comes in handy, my friends. Just remember to delete your history.