Research Reveals Which States Are Most Sex Savvy

A Google search analysis found that people in specific states appear to want more information about sex than others.

Sex education is an important aspect of the human existence as it gives people the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

Through learning about sex, a person can understand more about contraception, sexual preferences, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and healthy relationships. This knowledge can help to dispel myths, reduce stigma, and foster a sense of body positivity, sex positivity, and self-respect.

In addition, being sex savvy can help a person feel empowered to try new things and perhaps enjoy sex even more.

Where in America are people most informed about sex?

To find out, MattressNextDay did research and revealed which states search the most for sex-related terms on the internet.

The research analyzed monthly search volumes for sex and sex-related terms. After calculating a sex education index score based on Google searches per state, the results showed that New York had the highest score, followed by California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Georgia. While Washington, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Colorado rounded out the top ten.

In New York, 197.49 per 10,000 people searched Google using sex-related keywords, and the state achieved a sex education index score of 32.2. "Sex positions" topped the search list, with "BDSM," "anal," and "kissing" among the top four. Overall, 385,040 sex or sex-related searches occurred in New York that particular month.

California had a sex search rate of 193.5 out of 100,000 people, which calculated to a sex education index score of 28.5, with terms like "nipple play," "role-playing," and "strap-ons" on the leader board. The state achieved a sex education index score of 28.5 and had 753,000 searches per month overall.

The research also found that "sexual positions," "BDSM," and "anal" were also top searches in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Georgia. However, in Georgia, "pregnancy" was fourth on the list.

It turns out that West Virginia, had a sex education index score of seven, with Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, and Kentucky looking up sex-related terms slightly more often.

However, just looking at the numbers and not calculating an index score, people in Wyoming appear to Google sex-related terms the least, with only 7,250 searches per month.

Across the nation, the research found that 1,017,700 searches occurred for "sexual positions," 588,260 were made for "BDSM," and "kissing" was Googled 388,050 times.

Still, searches for erectile dysfunction, libido, and arousal landed on the top ten list across all states.

While the analysis showed some stark differences in the desire for sex education, it's unknown if more searching means more knowledge or if searching less means people are already well-educated. Further research could potentially sort that out.

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