From the Salt Lake Tribune.
Utah is No. 1 - for online pornography consumption
Salt Lake Tribune
Posted:03/02/2009 07:39:01 PM MST
Besides its political bent, Utah’s per capita appetite for online pornography makes it the nation’s run-away red-light state.
A study by a Harvard Business School professor shows that Utah outpaces the more conservative states – which all tend to purchase more Internet porn than other states.
Online porn subscription rates are higher in states that enacted conservative legislation banning same-sex marriage or civil unions and where surveys show support for conservative positions on religion, gender roles and sexuality, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.
The Beehive State briefly experimented with a state-funded porn czar until 2003. The study examining online porn usage from 2006 to 2008 shows those efforts apparently failed.
Utah has the nation’s highest online porn subscription rate per thousand home broadband users, at 5.47, while the nearby states of Idaho and Montana showed the lowest rates of 1.98 and 1.92, respectively, according to the study.