What Happens When You Google Sex

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Data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz follows up on his New York Times op-ed exploring the differences between what we tell researchers about our sex lives versus what our google searches on the topic say about us. 

Google also gives us legitimate reasons to worry less than we do. Many of our deepest fears about how our sexual partners perceive us are unjustified. Alone, at their computers, with no incentive to lie, partners reveal themselves to be fairly nonsuperficial and forgiving. In fact, we are all so busy judging our own bodies that there is little energy left over to judge other people’s.

Maybe if we worried less about sex, we’d have more of it.