Major internet sex study reveals hidden desires

Scientists have studied logs of online sex-related searches to figure out what people really want.

(The theory is that people don’t bother to lie to search engines: They just search for what they actually want.)

According to the new book “A Billion Wicked Thoughts,” as summarized by Maureen Callahan in the New York Post, here’s what people really want:

  • Straight men enjoy a wider variety of erotica than imagined, including sites devoted to elderly women and transsexuals.
  • Foot fetishes aren’t a deviance; men are evolutionarily wired to look for small feet, which are a sign of high estrogen production, which itself is a sign of fertility.
  • Gay men and straight men have nearly identical brains, and their favorite body parts, in order of preference, line up exactly: chests, buttocks, feet.
  • Straight men prefer heavy women to thin ones.
  • Straight women enjoy reading about and watching romances between two men — it’s not about the sex, which is downplayed, but the emotion, which is the focus. (The largest audience for “Brokeback Mountain,” says the book, was straight women.)
  • Straight men have a fascination with other men’s penises, which may be conscious or unconscious.
  • Men fantasize about group sex far more than women and picture more men than women in the action.
  • Straight men prefer to watch amateur porn online, and the authors theorize it’s because of perceived authenticity — a fake orgasm, it turns out, may be as disappointing as one in real life.
  • One of the most popular and diverse areas of interest in sexuality is domination and submission, with straight women and gay men most interested in the latter role.
  • Gay men enjoy straight porn in large numbers.

Read Maureen Callahan’s full article here >

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7 Responses to Major internet sex study reveals hidden desires

  1. jenny40

    April 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Now THIS was an interesting article, and I won’t say anymore about it.

  2. Leslie Parsley

    April 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Interesting that out of the ten areas of study, only two involved women. That’s rather telling in itself, I think. ; )

    • Peter Lake

      April 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

      You’re right Leslie. I read somewhere that men think of sex like every 10 seconds. LOL!

  3. greenlight

    April 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I found this study intriguing, but would want to know more about the methodology. In studying the search engines, how do they verify who is doing the searching? For example, how did the researchers establish whether it was a gay man or a straight man doing a search for a certain kind of sex?

    I would also suggest that search terms can provide us with insights into various fetishes, for example, but cannot necessarily tell us about relative preferences–for example, if a lot more people search for “big beautiful women” than “skinny women,” is it really that the population as a whole has a preference for heavier women, or could it be that most porn does involve thinner women, meaning that only those interested in larger women need to include their preferences in their search terms?

    I would also suggest that one needs to take the “teenage effect” into consideration. I suspect that many searches for the most bizarre fetishes are conducted by curious teenagers or college students looking to explore and have a good laugh, not necessarily reflecting their innermost desires.

    A fascinating way of gaining some insights into human sexuality nonetheless!

  4. Four Dinners

    April 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    “Straight men enjoy a wider variety of erotica than imagined, including sites devoted to elderly women and transsexuals.”

    Nope…..young women thank you very much…transexuals????…Good grief…we are doomed!!!

    I do prefer small feet…then again I do prefer petite women..

    “Gay men and straight men have nearly identical brains, and their favorite body parts, in order of preference, line up exactly: chests, buttocks, feet.”

    Uh?…Who’s the moron who carried out this survey?….Petite bodies, small firm boobs and unless they have fish tails the feet are waaaaay down the list!!!

    “Straight men prefer heavy women to thin ones”

    Bollocks!!!!…Give me a slim babe to a fat wobbly ball of fat anyday!!!!

    Oh I give up….

    Humanity is clearly heading for armageddon…and quite right too!!!