Friday, February 27, 2009

Utah tops in online porn

This is just plain weird. So weird it deserves a post. And perhaps a toast:

According a study by the Harvard Business School, and reported in New Scientist, traditionally conservative and religious states, particularly those that voted for John McCain in the last election, also consume the most internet porn.

According to the article titled "Porn in the USA," "Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election – Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama."

Topping the list is our humble, reverent, anti-gay-marriage-funding neighbor, Utah.

Utah, after funding California's successful campaign to ban gay marriage, is in line with other states with similar attitudes. "Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don't explicitly restrict gay marriage," says article author Ewen Callaway.

Not to say these folks don't have some respect. The article also notes, "Church-goers bought less online porn on Sundays – a 1% increase in a postal code's religious attendance was associated with a 0.1% drop in subscriptions that day."

Of course, you can't buy a beer, either.

Download the study here.
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