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Proof that there are way more straight dudes into gay sex than you might think

This just in: Americans are a lot gayer than they’d like you to believe.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is the author of Everybody Liesa new book that examines data on America’s online searching habits, from Google to PornHub, to gain deeper insight into our national consciousness.

Among his findings: There are way more closeted men in America than you might think, and a lot of married women are extremely concerned their husbands might be gay.

“Sex is a big part of human nature,” Stephens-Davidowitz tells Vox. “Some reviews of Everybody Lies have criticized me for being obsessed with sex. Everybody is obsessed with sex. If they say they’re not, they’re lying.”

And he’s got the data to prove it.

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Stephens-Davidowitz pored over the nation’s porn searches. According to his analysis, around 5% of American males are predominantly attracted to men, a whole 2% higher than is commonly believed.

“It’s clear that a lot of gay men remain in the closet,” he explains. “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.”

He adds, “I think porn is a pretty good measure of people’s sexual fantasies, even if they never act on them.”

As for married people, Stephens-Davidowitz tells Vox that the number one question married women have about their husbands is whether he is gay.

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. And these questions are much higher in the Deep South, where my research suggests there are indeed more gay men married to women.

But, ladies, you can rest assured, he probably isn’t.

Stephens-Davidowitz explains, “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 98 percent of women’s husbands are really straight. Trust me.”

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So what’s the takeaway from all this?

“I have always wondered how homosexuality made it through evolution,” Stephens-Davidowitz says. “Like, isn’t evolution supposed to make people desire heterosexual sex with fertile people?”

But after seeing some of the things people are searching for, his opinions on the matter have changed.

“After studying porn, I realized homosexuality is hardly the only desire that doesn’t make sense from an evolutionary perspective,” Stephens-Davidowitz explains.

“Modern conditions take sexuality in all kinds of directions.”