A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships

A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships

by Ogi Ogas, Sai Gaddam

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Two maverick neuroscientists use the world's largest psychology experiment-the Internet-to study the private activities of millions of men and women around the world, unveiling a revolutionary and shocking new vision of human desire that overturns conventional thinking.

For his groundbreaking sexual research, Alfred Kinsey and his team interviewed 18,000 people, relying on them to honestly report their most intimate experiences. Using the Internet, the neuroscientists Ogas and Gaddam quietly observed the raw sexual behaviors of half a billion people. By combining their observations with neuroscience and animal research, these two young neuroscientists finally answer the long-disputed question: what do people really like? Ogas and Gaddam's findings are transforming the way scientists and therapists think about sexual desire.

In their startling book, Ogas and Gaddam analyze a "billion wicked thoughts" on the Internet: a billion Web searches, a million individual search histories, a million erotic stories, a half-million erotic videos, a million Web sites, millions of online personal ads, and many other enormous sources of sexual data in order to understand the true differences between male and female desires, including:

?Men and women have hardwired sexual cues analogous to our hardwired tastes-there are sexual versions of sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter. But men and women are wired with different sets of cues.

?The male sexual brain resembles a reckless hunter, while the female sexual brain resembles a cautious detective agency.

?Men form their sexual interests during adolescence and rarely change. Women's sexual interests are plastic and change frequently.

?The male sexual brain is an "or gate": A single stimulus can arouse it. The female sexual brain is an "and gate": It requires many simultaneous stimuli to arouse it.

?When it comes to sexual arousal, men prefer overweight women to underweight women, and a significant number of men seek out erotic images of women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

?Women enjoy writing and sharing erotic stories with other women. The fastest growing genre of erotic stories for women are stories about two heterosexual men having sex.

?Though the male sexual brain is much more different from the female sexual brain than is commonly believed, the sexual brain of gay men is virtually identical to that of straight men.

Featuring cutting-edge, jaw-dropping science, this wildly entertaining and controversial book helps readers understand their partner's sexual desires with a depth of knowledge unavailable from any other source. Its fascinating and occasionally disturbing findings will rock our modern understanding of sexuality, just as Kinsey's reports did sixty years ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101514986
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 320,896
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ogi Ogas studies computational models of memory, learning, and vision. He was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow.

Sai Gaddam
studies large-scale data analysis and serves as a data mining consultant in India. They both received their Ph.D.s in computational neuroscience from Boston University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Catherine Salmon xi

Preface: The World's Largest Behavioral Experiment

Why freshmen are easy, but the Internet is better xv

Chapter 1 What Do We Really Like? Sexual Cues

How the Internet yanks open the curtains to reveal our most secret desires 1

Chapter 2 Monkey Pay-Per-View: Male Visual Cues

Why plump is sexy, mature ladies hold special advantages, and Freud suffered from penis envy 23

Chapter 3 Elmer Fudd, Wabbit Hunter: Male Desire

Why men can get turned on by a jar of pennies and the male sexual brain is a clumsy hunter 45

Chapter 4 The Miss Marple Detective Agency: Female Desire

Why there is no such thing as female Viagra and women have the most sophisticated brain on Earth 62

Chapter 5 Ladies Prefer Alphas: Female Psychological Cues I: The Hero

Why women like barons, billionaires, and serial killers 85

Chapter 6 The Sisterhood of the Magic Hoo Hoo: Female Psychological Cues II: The Heroine

Why the best men are always taken and every girl just wants to be loved 108

Chapter 7 Boys Will Be Boys: Gay Cues

Why gay men like straight guys and gay porn is (almost) indistinguishable from straight porn 128

Chapter 8 A Tall Man with a Nice Tush: Female Visual Cues

Why Playgirl magazine flopped, a firm tush is a nice advantage, and so many people don't like porn 152

Chapter 9 Cheating Wives and Girls Gone Wild: Male Psychological Cues

Why the forbidden is so exciting and the unexpected reason men like group sex 174

Chapter 10 Lords and Lordosis: Human Psychological Cues

Why domination and submission are two sides of the same cortex 195

Chapter 11 Erotical Illusions: The Creative Power of Cues

What the Mona Lisa smile, Oreo cheesecake, and paranormal romance have in common 213

Conclusion: Happy Ending or Happily-Ever-After?

So what do I do with all this information? 239

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 247

Bibliography 304

Index 384

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Billion Wicked Thoughts 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
David Lipscomb More than 1 year ago
Well organized and well researched with an appropriate balance of humor and irreverence.
mazeway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review haiku:Men like naked girlsWomen like sexy storiesAnd I liked this book
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up from the library out of idle curiosity, and found it much more interesting and informative than I thought. Of course, I didn't realize realize how much this book had to do with pornography, so at first I was a bit put off. However, the author very succinctly details how pornography on the internet exemplifies the differences between what men and women want, and breaks it down into "cues"--that is, very specific things, or combinations of things, that turn people on. There are a lot more parallels between the images men look at online, and romance novels than you might ever have guessed.I came away from this book with a much better understanding of my own sexuality and cues, and a good insight into what's probably going on in my fiancees.
Aula on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book entertaining but limited. The authors failed to make clear that they were drawing sweeping conclusions from data that originates from anywhere from 28% to 35% of the world population (2 billion to 2.5 billion out of 7 billiion, very roughly), not to mention the bias of assuming a technology that's barely twenty years old will reveal the inner workings of the human psyche. The use of the internet to gather stats and to give an idea of trends is a brilliant idea - and one that should be considered more by sociologists and psychologists alike - but with the rigor those disciplines demand, something quite missing from this book. The hint of evolutionary psychology that permeated the text is also rather irritating given the inability for the authors to back this unspoken claim up in any way (probably because it simply doesn't stand up to any reasonable scientific scrutiny, as others have found).An interesting but dangerous read: for someone versed in sexuality and, to some degree, psychology and sociology, it's an entertaining and interesting look at what could be achieved using the vast data of the internet. For anyone unread in the above, though, I think it portrays a dangerously simple view of human sexuality and the myth of 'biology', a myth that is destructive as much as it is ludicrous.
Meggo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What do our internet search results reveal about us? Quite a bit, as it turns out. And, human beings being who we are, much of what we search for has to do with sex. This is not a shock to anyone who has ever used the internet. However, there are some fascinating insights to be gleaned throughout this work, and I would be interested in seeing the authors conduct an updated survey using more recent search engines, to see if their conclusions hold true. Interesting. And just a bit naughty.
waitingtoderail on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting look at how the internet has opened up a window into the truth about what humans actually desire sexually. Strong differences between men and women indicate what you've always expected - men seek visual stimulation, woman mental. But also something else you might not have - there is no difference at all between straight and gay men in what "turns them on," except in that the subject of the desire is male rather than female. Lots of graphic descriptions, might want to keep this away from the kiddies or the in-laws.
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Very insightful. Glad to have a look into where so many human actions stem from. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can geeks write so well? I laughed while I learned a lot. Bought a copy for my daughter.
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