A new study took a look at which states consume the most online porn and guess what -- Red State America is praying, then straying online. Benjamin Edelman of Harvard Business School analyzed customer credit card data and zip codes from 2006-2008 and matched it purchases at dozens of adult websites.
After controlling for differences in broadband internet access between states - online porn tends to be a bandwidth hog - and adjusting for population, he found a relatively small difference between states with the most adult purchases and those with the fewest.
The biggest consumer, Utah, averaged 5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1000 home broadband users; Montana bought the least with 1.92 per 1000. "The differences here are not so stark," Edelman says.
Number 10 on the list was West Virginia at 2.94 subscriptions per 1000, while number 41, Michigan, averaged 2.32.
Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election - Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama.
...Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don't explicitly restrict gay marriage.
You know what this made me wonder? Over the last few days, DC has been flooded with wingnuts attending CPAC. Do you think the purchase of in-room porn, escort traffic and gay bar attendance spiked with the kind of people who have "old-fashioned values about family and marriage?"