Be Honest: How Often Do You Get It On?

by Jamie Bogert

Ask anybody (maybe not anybody) how much sex they’re having on the regs and you’ll get a range of answers—from, “all day, every day” to “3-4 times a week” to “I’m your mailperson, please don’t ask me that.” And all you can really do is trust their word; no statistic can be rubbed under their nose proving them lying sex-deprived losers.

Until now!

A recent Google search study by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former data scientist at Google and PhD economist, wrote an op-ed in the NY Times recently where he cracked down on how much sex we’re really having, and the truth behind what we Google search.

Through analyzing data from the General Social Survey, Stephens-Davidowitz found that the number of sex acts performed by heterosexual men and women while using a condom adds up to more than 1.6 billion heterosexual condom uses per year.

The truth: fewer than 600 million condoms are sold every year.

Why, then, are so many men and women fabricating how much sex they are having? Sexual anxiety plays a big factor in this and Google search provides a more accurate telling of what those insecurities are.

Here is a round up of the 5 most interesting Google search statistics found by Stephens-Davidowitz:

1. “Men Google more questions about their sexual organ than any other body part: more than about their lungs, liver, feet, ears, nose, throat, and brain combined.”

2. “…One of the more common questions for Google about a penis is “How big is my penis?” That men turn to Google, rather than a ruler, with this question is, in my opinion, a quintessential expression of our digital era.”

BUST’s Take: Perhaps these guys aren’t just Googling to find out how big it is, but instead want some insight on how big it is compared to others. There has got to be a forum on that somewhere…

3. “Or consider the most common search about a girlfriend’s breasts: “I love my girlfriend’s boobs.” It is not clear what men are hoping to find from Google when making this search.”

BUST’s Take: Seems pretty clear to us, men are most likely looking for pictures of other guys’ girlfriends’ boobs.

4. “Women are most frequently concerned that their vaginas smell like fish, followed by vinegar, onions, ammonia, garlic, cheese, body odor, urine, bread, bleach, feces, sweat, metal, feet, garbage, and rotten meat.”

BUST’s Take: Rotten meat? Girl, get that shit checked out! You don’t need Google search—you need a Gyno. Stat.

5. “When men do search about a partner’s vagina, it is usually to complain about what women worry about most: the odor. Mostly, men are trying to figure out how to tell a woman about a bad odor without hurting her feelings.”

As it happens, we aren’t having as much sex as we let on and in the quiet hours of the night, when nobody is watching, we turn to our trusty “anonymous” search engine, Google, to relieve us of our sexual anxieties. We say, stop turning on your computer and start turning on each other and we’ll all be much happier, healthier, sexual beings for it!

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