By Georgianna Reilly, LMSW- SJS Staff Writer
We know know that politics can be a heated topic, but can it increase or decrease your sexual desire? This article, Obama Vs. Romney: How Politics Influences Sexual Desire suggests that this might be the case. The article states:
“If your favorite sports team wins or even if your ideal political candidate (lke Obama or Romney) is victorious, you will likely experience a spike in testosterone.2,3 Given the link between testosterone and sexual behaviors,4 this made us wonder whether or not the outcome of political elections influence sexual activity.
In order to examine this notion, we obtained data from Google on keyword searches related to pornography immediately following the 2004 and 2008 US Presidential elections, as well as the 2006 and 2010 US midterm elections.4,5 The figure below displays the change in pornographic searches for individuals located in traditionally Democratic states and Republican states immediately after the election. Consistent with our predictions, after the 2006 and 2008 elections (when Democrats had clear political victories) searches for pornography in traditionally Democratic states increased, whereas these searches decreased in traditionally Republican states. Conversely, after the 2004 and 2010 elections (when Republicans had clear political victories) searches for pornography in traditionally Republican states increased while these searches decreased in traditionally Democratic states (see figure below). It is important to note that even though the percent change in any given year is small, given the number of individuals who utilize Google any such change likely reflects thousands (even millions) of additional searches for pornography beyond what is typical for a given state.”
I find this to be a very unique and interesting topic of research. However, we all know that correlation does not necessarily imply causation so I wonder if there could be another variable at play in this relationship or if the relationship is accurate. Either way as the article sums up “This is just another reason why it is important to REMEMBER TO VOTE!”.
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