Google analyst reveals the secret life of America’s gay men
Google number cruncher and chief analyst, Seth Stephen Davidovitz has revealed in a column in The New York Times that according to his analysis of surveys, social networks, porn searches and dating sites, at least percent of Americans are gay; but at least a quarter of them are still in the closet and the data suggests a large number are still married to women.
Davidovitz says he combined results from the different data available from publicly accessible sites to draw his conclusions.
By using information from the census, the Gallup poll and Facebook, Davidovitz discovered that the population of gay men was noticeably higher in states that supported same-sex marriage.
On Facebook, for example, about 1 percent of men in Mississippi who list a gender preference say that they are interested in men; in California, more than 3 percent do.
The data also revealed high school students who were gay were less likely to reveal their sexuality if they came from a less tolerant state.
Google searches for gay porn also revealed roughly 5 percent of searches made for pornography across the state were seeking gay content.
Davidovotz said this suggests that there are just about as many gay men in less tolerant states as there are anywhere else.
Davidovitz believes this disparity between the number of men acknowledging they were gay compared with the number of men searching for gay porn would suggest a large proportion of gay Americans still remain in the closet.
He says for comparison, “about 3.6 percent of American men tell anonymous surveys they are attracted to men and a tenth of gay men confirmed they do not tell most of the important people in their lives they are gay. In states where the stigma against homosexuality remains strong, many more gay men are in the closet than are out.”