Porn-related keyword searches peaked during winter and early summer, a trend not seen with neutral search terms.
"I was amazed that an almost identical trend existed for dating and prostitution searches," Markey wrote in an email to Live Science. "It would be great if these findings could be used to target the timing of safe sex campaigns," he wrote.
K.-based neuroscientist and blogger Neuro Skeptic, who was not involved in the study, wrote on his blog in response to the paper. "One possibility is that it's purely a social construction driven by the fact that in Western cultures, Christmas and summer are the main holiday seasons," Neuro Skeptic wrote.
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Scientists have also documented increases in condom sales around Christmas week and during the summer months.
Here are 5 signs that it might be time to end your relationship and move on.If every “date” takes place in bed, it might be time to get out of bed and see if you have anything in common anywhere else.Long term relationships require a solid foundation of similar interests and passions.If your partner doesn’t at least get your heart moving a little faster every time you see them, that might be an indication this isn’t a relationship that’s going to go the distance.2.) It’s all physical and nothing else The other end of the spectrum is when your relationship is nothing but physical and you rarely, if ever, find yourself talking about anything of value, meaning or importance.