Was it this Mormon group they studied for that healthy lifestyle Jack? Utah: Online Porn Capital of America? Harvard researcher reveals the most avid consumers of Internet pornography.
By Dan Tynan
Mar 3, 2009 7:34 am
For most of my life I have lived in the cauldrons of sin - first New York, then California. These Bluer than Blue states are the source of most of our society's ills, or so we are constantly told.
When it comes to online smut, though, it appears I've been living in the wrong places. Thanks to Harvard researcher Ben Edelman,
we now know the most avid consumers of Internet pornography live in the heartland -- the "real America," I believe someone once called it
Edelman, a lawyer-geek who made his bones hunting down spyware and adware firms, has published a report titled "Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment?" [PDF]
in the ponderous sounding Journal of Economic Perspectives.
For his report Edelman analyzed subscriber data from an unnamed "top 10 seller of online adult entertainment," broken down by ZIP codes, demographic data, and the speeds of users' Internet connections.
One key finding: The biggest consumers of online adult entertainment
live in the great state of Utah. An average of 5.47 people per 1000 broadband subscribers pay for porn in Orrin Hatch's home state
. (Utah also leads in porn consumption among the general population and dial-up users, in case you're wondering.)
It must have been all those Osmonds Gone Wild
videos that sent them over the edge.
Close behind Utah with just over five porn subscribers per thousand is Sarah Palin's Alaska.
California and New York, on the other hand, average between 2.4 and 2.9 subscriptions per 1000 broadband users, smack dab in the middle of the pack. Overall, eight of Edelman's top 10 porn-consuming states voted for McCain
last fall, while six of the least smut-crazed states went for Obama.
It appears the Red states are also the Red Light states.
Subscriptions are slightly more prevalent in states that have enacted conservative legislation on sexuality. .... subscriptions are also more prevalent in states where surveys indicate conservative positions on religion, gender roles, and sexuality. In states where more people agree that "Even today miracles are performed by the power of God" and "I never doubt the existence of God," there are more subscriptions to this service. Subscriptions are also more prevalent in states where more people agree that "I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage" and "AIDS might be God's punishment for immoral sexual behavior."
Here's another fascinating tidbit:
... adult escort sites are more popular in "blue" states that voted for Gore in 2004, while visitors from the "red" states that voted for Bush in 2004 are more likely to visit wife-swapping sites, adult webcams, and sites about voyeurism.