In the fascinating book Everybody Lies (2017) by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, the writer uses data on the Google habits of Americans to reveal some fascinating information. I turned up some rather interesting pieces of data; one is that Americans are racist and selfish people. And, some of the other tid-bits are just as provocative.
Stephens-Davidowitz received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 2013. His work used big-data sources to uncover previously hidden behaviors and attitudes. He is a former quantitative analyst at Google.
”Google is a digital truth serum.”
Here are just a few:
The number one question that women have about their husbands is if he might be gay. These questions are even higher in the Deep South, where the research suggests there are more gay men married to women.
”It’s clear that a lot of gay men remain in the closet. In places where it’s hard to be gay, such as Mississippi, far fewer men say that they are gay than in places where it’s easy to be gay, such as New York. But gay porn searches are about the same everywhere.”
Women are eight times more likely to ask Google if their husband is gay than if he is an alcoholic, and 10 times more likely to ask Google if their husband is gay than if he is depressed. It is far more likely that a woman is married to a man who is secretly an alcoholic or secretly depressed than secretly gay.
About 20 percent of the porn women watch is lesbian porn, and it is mostly straight women who watch lesbian porn. Porn featuring violence against women is also extremely popular among women. It is more popular among women than men. The rate at which women watch violent porn is roughly the same in every part of the world. It isn’t correlated with how women are treated. Fantasy life isn’t politically correct.