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Interest in Sex Peaks in the US in Early Summer and Early Winter

Update Date: Aug 02, 2012 02:44 PM EDT
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It's the summer and it looks like the beaches isn't the only place that's crowded. A new study has revealed that Americans are most interested in sex during the early summer. They also love some bedroom action in December and January.

The study was published online July 19 in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Over four years, researchers examined the keywords that Americans used in Google searches. They found that every year, searches for keywords related to finding dates, prostitutes and pornography showed distinct peaks during June and July, and again during the winter.

They looked at searches that included certain keywords related to dating behaviors such as "eHarmony" and "Match.com," prostitution such as "call girl" and "escort" and pornography such as "porn" and "boobs."  For each keyword, they used an online tool that shows the percentage increase in searches relative to the normal amount.

The researchers found that searches for prostitution-related keywords increased by 2.78 percent, and dating searches increased by 5.67 percent above average during January and July. Searches for pornography increased 4.28 percent above average during December and June, according to the study.

Researchers say wherever they looked within these three different areas - whether it was searches for 'eHarmony,' or for 'brothel' - there was this exact same pattern and that the timing of the peaks was remarkably consistent from year to year.

Although it is unclear why the consistent peak at those times of the year, researchers say findings suggest they are linked to a general increase in the amount of time that people spend being around other people. The summer time tends to bring a flurry of social activities, and December can bring holiday gatherings and shopping crowds.

Along with studies of birth records, research into STD diagnosis rates and abortion rates have suggested that sexual activity peaks during these two times of year. But most of these reports have looked at things that happen after people have sex. The new study added to what was known, the researchers said, by looking at behaviors that tend to occur in advance of sexual activity.

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