New book sheds light on how internet influences sex in society
A new book written by researchers Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam analyzes web searches from around the world and presents a report on how the web has "revolutionized sexual desires," according to NBC. The book, titled A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire, collects information on one billion sexual web queries.
The results of the study show that many topics that were previously perceived as taboo or deviant are now not only more accepted – but more sought after as well.
One of the findings of the book suggests that "granny porn," or pornography depicting older women, seems to be spiking in popularity. This may be due in part to the fact that many baby boomers are sexually active.
Another section of the book indicates that gay men may be viewing heterosexual porn on a more regular basis, and that men, regardless of sexual orientation, show an interest in group sex, more so than their female counterparts.
It seems as though the book is already having an impact on the way sex therapists and experts talk about sex with their clients. One such professional, Dr. Stephen Snyder, told The New York Post that the book provides information that was previously unavailable. Knowing about sexual preferences and subjects sought out by individuals while online allows him and his colleagues to know what sort of fetishes and fantasies are popular but under-reported.
"Web porn has changed everything," Gaddam told The Post. He speculates that the images and videos available on the net may be causing sexual desire to evolve and include topics that were not previously known to be "sexual triggers."