Googling Sex

Andrew Sullivan —  May 11 2006 @ 12:08pm

Google has a new feature called Google Trends. It tracks the number of searches for various topics online, and also gives you some regional analysis of where those searches are taking place. A reader clued me in. And here’s a somewhat revealing discovery. Who’s looking for "sex" the most? The countries with the most searches for that word is – surprise! – Pakistan, followed by Egypt, Iran, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Hmmm. It couldn’t have anything to do with all that Muslim repression, could it? Arabic is the most popular language for "sex" searches. Islamism, like Christianism, doesn’t conquer sex; it just fetishizes it and forces it underground. The most sex-obsessed Christian country? Poland. Congrats to the Vatican. Sex searching also seems to peak around Christmas and New Year. Yes, I can understand that.

Of course, I do realize i just ruined productivity today in a few offices across America. Oh, well. Enjoy. And if you come across something particularly interesting or amusing, let me know.