A new study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives finds that areas in the US that are more conservative or religious than average tend to purchase more online pornography than average. Or as the author of the study puts it “Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by.”
Is anyone surprised that religious conservatives are the biggest purchasers of porn? We all know that if you’re constantly told you can’t have or shouldn’t want something, you are invariably going to want it more. But this does put a wrench into arguments that religion makes people act more moral.
As a interesting side note, of the top ten states where people purchased online porn, eight of them voted for John McCain in the last election, while of the ten states that purchased the least amount of online porn, six of them went for Obama.