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A Google search page is seen through the spectacles of a computer user in Leicester, central England July 20, 2007. Internet users in Egypt, India and Turkey are the world's most frequent searchers for Web sites using the keyword ''sex'' on Google search engines, according to statistics provided by Google Inc. REUTERS/Darren StaplesSri Lanka topped the list of having searched for the word ‘sex’ in 2013, while India followed at the second spot, Google reported.

According to statistics issued by Google, Sri Lanka came first for the third consecutive year since 2011 in the internet ‘sex’ search category.

When it came to the breakdown of data by cities, Nugegoda, Homagama and Colombo topped the list of people Googling the term ‘sex’ in 2013 in the Western Province, while Kandy and Galle came first in their respective provinces.       

According to Google Trends, the search for the term peaked in Sri Lanka during the week April 14-20, 2013, even as the partial data for December 08-14, 2013 showed it as second-highest week during which the term was Googled in 2013.

According to the list of sex-searching countries India, Timor, Ethiopia and Bangladesh moved from second place to fifth place.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Pelpita said about 1,500 pornographic web sites had been blocked during the past three years.

“Issues arise when underage children searched for this kind of sites. The Education Ministry also has a responsibility to discipline children,” he said.

“This issue could not be stopped by only blocking sites,” he said adding that future steps would be taken to stop children from searching for ‘sex’ on the internet.(DS)

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  • Gamarala Wednesday, 25 December 2013 04:16 PM

    Lets face it, all this would stop if the sex trade is legalized and is freely available. The legal restrictions frustrates humanity. Look at the list of countries, all have restrictions by law against brothels and sex workers. Liberal, enlightened attitudes sex would stop frustrated people searching on the internet for an outlet denied by law. This is the double standard.

    udeni Wednesday, 25 December 2013 05:33 AM

    you seem to be a very critical of Sri Lankans.. what's your problem with Sri Lanka?

    some Wednesday, 25 December 2013 05:38 AM

    way to go , real sinhalese patriotics with BBS...dont know how many monks are involved.

    classified Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:50 AM

    Yes, be positive. This means that Sri Lankans enjoy more internet access :-)

    Chinthaka Fernando Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:59 AM

    yes!! from years of "Hard" work and dedication , we Lankans managed to secure our rightful place,
    medaa potee dunna bateee
    keep it "up" boys"

    Chinthaka Fernando Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:00 AM

    nothing like that , it just goes to show how we , as a percentage use the internet search for

    Fazi Wednesday, 25 December 2013 05:56 AM

    Finally we are on the top-list in the world.. Somewhere....

    Chinthaka Fernando Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:01 AM

    blocking is Never a solution, if people use the internet for rightful purposes then this issue would never arise

    ANTON Wednesday, 25 December 2013 06:38 AM


    Flash Wednesday, 25 December 2013 06:46 AM

    What happen to our "KAMACHARA WEDAMANI SIKKAPADAM SAMADIYAMI" First in SEX Next will be first in CASINO - Jayawewa..... Thaham pasal sita university thakwa makai wada, Maka walawanna Mahinda chendana natha……

    Siripala Wednesday, 25 December 2013 06:24 PM

    'Sri Lanka has become the 'Hub' of sex - cheers!

    We still have to become the hun of knowladge, education and health

    Hiran Shanaka Wednesday, 25 December 2013 06:48 AM

    Love you guys and am so proud of you. Keep up the good work! Mmmmmmuah!

    xlntgson Friday, 27 December 2013 02:02 AM

    Srilanka! S for X.

    Hiran Shanaka Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:01 AM

    To look into this matter in a different angle, it must be inferred that all the countries topping this list are (i) 3rd World countries, (ii) Sex is considered aaa taboo, (iii) Photography is banned, (iv) prostitution is banned and (v) Religious influenced is comparatively higher. Therefore, it is important that relevant authorities strike a balance at least here in SL and take the frustration out of the people before the ground situation gets worsen with, rape, molestation, etc.

    Gamarala Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:17 AM

    What more could I add. This says it all about Sri Lankan's.
    Hypocrisy of the Sri Lankans and Indians exposed to the whole world.

    observer Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:51 AM

    These people are looking for "pornography" not "sex" that comes along with "love". It is a because of the lack of "openness" in the SL culture. 'Sex" is supposed to be hidden, bad or restricted which makes them even more curious.

    Gon Banda Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:22 AM

    #nicky: Once again you seem to have verbal diarrhea. I thought this site corrects grammar, apparently not, if one reads the mad ranting above of nicky. The 'queen has been murdered' once again.

    observer Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:57 AM

    Poor sex starved Sri Lankans. Too much rice not enough sex!

    Thero Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:50 AM


    player Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:00 AM

    At last we beat India in a final!

    John Fernandez Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:35 AM

    This reveals the mentality of our nation. In other countries sex is not a curious thing to explore. In simple words we are a sick nation.

    Jazzy Thursday, 26 December 2013 01:45 AM

    World Champions from Cricket to sex!! Top searches made by our depraved politicians!!

    Shan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:30 AM

    Wonder of Asia rocks......!

    John Fernandez Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:40 AM

    Sex is for normal healthy people. You can learn about sex from books and videos produced by experts. Pornography is for sex addicts.

    psyco Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:59 AM


    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 26 December 2013 02:16 AM

    Teenage sex is "the usual" in "west". Sex before marriage is also "usual" & divorce is also as "usual", so sex is nothing for them. In Sri Lanka, sex topic is taboo in the open. Sex before marriage is tantamount to "murder", divorce is a disgrace. These makes Sri Lankan's to search "sex" on the sly.

    Rohan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:39 AM

    You are spot on. Otherwise SL wouldn't have come close to it with a lesser population.

    Asaranakolla Thursday, 26 December 2013 02:25 AM

    One of human needs. If SL have a good education on SEX these will not highlight. Because hiding and shy about educating sex was turned to bad side here in our country. Compare other big countries. It is fare that our morons searching how sex happens. Human has the right to search and express their thoughts and that is not a world record. These shows us how our nation stand on SEX and that why we have more rapes too among our community. Open your third eye..

    Mohamed Azmi Wednesday, 25 December 2013 08:47 AM

    Hey Lankan's , who say we cannot make a world record, now we prove to world we can do also good achievements well done

    Practicle Thinker Wednesday, 25 December 2013 09:09 AM

    What is wrong in watching porn. If it should be stopped. Then it should happen in its own way when the people are routedto other options like clubing, dating, blind dating, casual sex, or getting married quickly, etc.. Which one is better is choiceof person.

    රටවැසියා Wednesday, 25 December 2013 09:14 AM

    *Wow, keep it up boys!!*

    safo Thursday, 26 December 2013 03:12 AM

    partly the wives are to blame, if they provide a good time why would anyone turn to porn

    Perumal Wednesday, 25 December 2013 09:17 AM

    Sri Lankans love the original sin!

    asoka Thursday, 26 December 2013 03:16 AM

    so all the names above not watching porn...what a lot of clean guys...

    Lanka Shantha Wednesday, 25 December 2013 09:22 AM

    Don't feel bad for our people.
    Our people searched the web for to check if there are any images or videos of themselves in those web sites. Not for pleasure.

    Kande Raala Thursday, 26 December 2013 03:31 AM

    We are not only the wonder of Asia, but wonder of the world, However, this shows internet is not used for any other good purpose in Sri Lanka other than searching pornographic web sites. Very pathetic. Rulers should take this seriously.

    appuhami Thursday, 26 December 2013 03:52 AM

    females are the major culprits

    Ramani Wednesday, 25 December 2013 10:22 AM

    Smaller the fellow and bigger the rascal!

    InvictuSriLankan Thursday, 26 December 2013 04:05 AM

    Interesting to note how we just play this as a 'keyword and language' issue instead of recognizing the real issue. We are naturally curious about sex, specifically because it is such a taboo subject in our culture. Parents are shy to talk about sex with their kids because when (most) adults think 'sex' : they think of all the inappropriate ways that 'they' had to learn about the subject.This fascination and so called 'addiction' to sex is NOT something that came about because of the internet. The internet, like it has done for many other human fascinations like Art, Literature, Cars and Technology, is only a means of accessing information (good/bad/ugly) about something no one talks about. We need to do is to END this unnecessary glorification of sex, end all the fussing. Just educate the kids (AND all these so called adults) and let them recognise sex for what it really is; a beautiful biological process that needs to be respected and tolerated in order to be enjoyed.

    nikkan buranawa Wednesday, 25 December 2013 10:25 AM


    Citizen Wednesday, 25 December 2013 10:33 AM

    You are right.
    Let’s start with the obvious one - Adult names

    From a 2011 Business Insider report: "Let’s put it this way, the keywords sex, porn, free porn and porno pretty much blow any other keywords out of the water. The amount of exact match volume for these 4 terms alone is 22,820,000 searches a month. Individually they are

    [porn] 11,100,000
    [free porn] 7,480,000
    [sex] 2,740,000
    [porno] 1,500,000
    Again, this is almost 23 million searches a month just for these 4 terms.

    Note: "Sex" #3

    ind Thursday, 26 December 2013 04:27 AM

    No. Be positive.This indicates that we have to go to internet to see these things while other countries have them in public. They don't need to search in Google.

    nicky karunarathna Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:12 AM

    Kama Sutta was not written in the West nor sculptured any of those erotic postures in their historical master pieces. They put only the David in nude but that was just artistry. Though Davinci tried, but it is only the romanticism. We were masters of this game time immemorial. Whatever said and done - it is of course methodology of reproduction and if that stops this blue planet, third rock from the Sun will stop forever. Sex is a such a beautiful thing if it is embedded with love, where art and science thrive looking at human anatomy curves and curvatures and its ambience with its symmetric.

    ind Thursday, 26 December 2013 04:35 AM

    Exactly. We can use lot of other words to search those things. Nude, Porn and so on. They (surveyors) have purposely missed other words and check only sex! Also very unusual that we as tiny little nation tops where as India with huge population in below us, US, UK with lot of IT facilities to public with rather huge population are below us. Remember internet usable people are very few in Sri Lanka with the total populate.

    ind Thursday, 26 December 2013 04:37 AM

    Simple question. Does "Sex" is the only word that can get porn pictures & videos? That is the only thing matters.

    clueless Wednesday, 25 December 2013 11:20 AM

    So we are the number 1 nation of sloggers? I search for porn but sex is legalize where I live, so no big deal.

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 26 December 2013 04:39 AM

    Actually this due to our culture & believes. Unlike other country sex limited to long term relationships & commitments. Hence sex is not available freely like other western countries. This is exceptable!
    Prod to be an Sri Lankan.

    pissa Wednesday, 25 December 2013 11:21 AM

    why only boys ?? Keep it up girls ..

    Samare Wednesday, 25 December 2013 11:23 AM

    Miracle of Asia!

    pissa Wednesday, 25 December 2013 11:23 AM

    Don't worry guys in future you will be able to get the service of red light zone with the help of MR. til then you can search on the web ....

    sarathsk Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:27 AM

    The more the TRC blocks the more they will search!

    Saskia Wednesday, 25 December 2013 11:46 AM

    This clearly shows what the interest of Sri Lankans is.

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:31 AM

    Only searching no work. hik hik hik........

    Goofy Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:34 AM

    Two countries who boast of culture and religion top the list. This shows what hypocrites Sri Lankans are. This is a reflection of the Sri Lanka society.

    Goofy Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:37 AM

    "Pornography" and "sex" are two difference things. Sri Lanka go for the raw one. Miracle of the World!

    Anony Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:27 PM

    When we are sexually exited, In srilanka we just search, but in foreign they don't need to. They call their girlfriend or boyf and enjoy.

    So it is not bad as having pre-marital sex or teenage pregnancy...which happens in other European, American, African and middle Asian nations.

    Udeny Dayarathna Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:39 AM

    True ! Most of the parents, have no idea about the smart phones, or what can be accessed by them. First, parents need to be made aware of these things !

    Kande Raala Friday, 27 December 2013 04:42 AM

    This shows Sri lankans are very active in sex search.

    ind Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:27 AM

    Exactly !

    kopi kade - dingi Wednesday, 25 December 2013 01:18 PM

    where is the politicians !!
    this is a serious subject, Need a Debate in the parliament

    Shehan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 01:49 PM

    You must be really smart to have figured that out!

    khan Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:58 AM

    i am planning to move to Nugegoda side.

    ABC Tuesday, 24 December 2013 08:49 AM

    Tremendous achievement. Keep it up!!

    Prometheus Wednesday, 25 December 2013 02:58 PM

    "sex" is much better than "war". If Lankans move away from war-mongering and towards sex-mongering, that would actually count as progress.

    chamara Wednesday, 25 December 2013 04:28 AM

    This is not a matter to laugh & it shows the sexual unrest in the minds of the youths in Sri Lanka. Its time to rethink about the cultural barriers imposed on them on LOVE & SEX.

    ,manoj Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:05 AM

    Sri lanka is infested with porn. Parents and schools should not permit students bring smart phones to school. Because they carry porn in them. Then their friends watch it. It's becomes an epidemic.

    Ranjith Lal Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:17 PM

    So whats the big deal about it.? Its better shaking off than raping. Great that we love sex. You dont want your partner flirting out with another,learn sex and do a good job.

    Prometheus Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:20 AM

    Well done Sri Lanka. What a miracle.

    Abdul Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:21 AM

    people from other countries search for "porn" and our people search for "sex" because thats the only world our people use for porn. this is something to do with keyword and language.

    RIMO Wednesday, 25 December 2013 04:49 AM

    When compared to children of some other countries I have visited, ours are not that bad. Our use of smartphones and other gadgets are much lesser than them. Here the issue is, people of other countries, where English language is widely used, use specific words to search for porngraphy and related materials. But, our people just use the word 'sex'. So, SL have become the top in using the word 'sex'. This doesn't mean SL is the worst country in the world in terms of porn industry. I don't think anyone here will say that our children are worse than Americans and South Africans. However, I do agree that becoming top in this kind of thing is not a good sign.

    Modasaara Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:25 AM

    Thanks to BBS.

    Huna Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:26 AM

    SL can learn from UAE , in there they have successfully blocked browsing of phonographic sites , its not a difficult task

    grumpy Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:29 AM

    we are the champions.... way to go perverts!

    haa hoo Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:29 AM

    Wow! Shows how high Sri Lanka's IT literacy rate and access to internet. What an achievement for a country with 21 million people to beat highly populated countries such as India, China, USA.....

    udeni Wednesday, 25 December 2013 05:26 AM

    There are always anti Sri Lankan elements...But how do you know that's the exact situation? you mean to say only Sri Lankans are looking at these sites? There must be other key words to determine the actual situation. It's better that Google look for all key words and make the judgement.. This is misleading information.

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