Apparently, People in the Bible Belt Watch The Most Porn, Says New Study

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We automatically assume that the more religious a person is, the less they watch porn, right? Right. Well, if you were under this impression, you were wrong, my friend, because apparently, highly religious people watch more porn than the rest of us.

In one of the most revealing sex studies of recent times, it was discovered that in the last six years, religious folk who live in the Bible Belt, a.k.a. basically the Deep South, watched the most porn out of everyone in America. Ironic, I know.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Sex Research, analyzed porn searches in the United States from the last six years, in hopes of finding patterns in porn consumption relating to religiosity.

In addition to calculating normal porn stats from around the US, the researchers examined the number of people who say they believe in God in each state, as well as the number of people who take the Bible literally, and how frequently they attend church.

The results of the study showed that biggest porn-lovers in America are…drum roll, please….Evangelical Protestants who believe in God, attend church very often, and take the Bible literally.

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Yup, Evangelical Protestants, who tend to be quite conservative, watch the most porn out of everyone in America. But that's not very surprising. There’s really no use denying the fact that some highly religious people of a certain faith (not pointing any fingers, but Christians) are pretty freaky behind closed doors, even though they say otherwise.

On the other hand, the lowest number of searches for porn were found to be in states where fewer people reported being religious, which is also not surprising, because they’re free to hook up with anyone, whenever they want, which means they don’t need to jerk off as much.

Now, what’s the reason for this? Why do really religious people watch a lot more porn than the rest of us? Are they tired of slapping their lover with the word of the Lord instead of sensually spanking them? Are they so unbelievably deprived of sex that they can’t keep it in their pants behind closed doors? We may never know the truth, but Dr. Justin Lehmiller has some theories.

First of all, Lehmiller thinks Evangelists are sexually deprived, and online porn is the “primary sexual outlet for people who live in highly religious states.” That said, when you consider the fact that certain religions prohibit sex even within marriage, with the exception of having sex to conceive a child, this theory makes a lot of sense.

If you can’t have sex with your wife, you’re obviously going to be very frustrated below the belt, so it only makes sense that you’d jerk off as often as you physically can.

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Another theory is that the religious "ban" on sex is creating a sexual paradox where people are watching tons of porn and rubbing one out to reassert their sexual freedom. It’s basically like reverse psychology, as Lehmiller points out. Bible study teaches them to keep it in their pants, but they do they exact opposite. Now that is some airtight logic right there.

Anyway, I’m not an evangelist, so I wouldn’t know what the real answer is, but these theories seem pretty plausible. It's kind of similar to how the Japanese are very respectful and proper in daily life, but they also have a seriously wild kinky sex culture. What they can't express in certain areas of life, they make up for in others.

So, long story short, we now know that religious prohibitions against sex have a paradoxical effect and make people watch more porn instead of abstain from it. I don't know what we can do with this information, but at least we know it.

H/T: Playboy