National Catholic Register


Christmas Beats Porn…But Only Barely

BY Matthew Warner

| Posted 12/30/11 at 10:57 AM


That’s right. Christmas still beats porn. But only barely. And probably not for long, unfortunately.

I’m talking about Google search trends (of course).

Porn is one of the most searched for things on the internet, as disgusting as it is. But, according to such search trends, people still love Christmas more than porn…at least for a few days a year. Every year around this time there is a peak where more people are searching for “Christmas” than for “porn.” And this year, though some thought porn would finally reign, Christmas managed to just barely nose out our unquenchable thirst for porn yet again - for a day or so.


The trend, however, is disturbing. Interest in Christmas has been trending slightly downward, while the search for porn has gone drastically up. There is a good chance it will be next year when porn finally beats Christmas.

This sad stat is an indicator of our sad state. Come on people. We can barely love Christmas - for ONE DAY - more than we love porn? And that’s just on one day of the year, folks! Sheesh. Clearly the information age has not been nearly as kind to Baby Jesus as it has to the porn industry (yet).

I’ve lamented before about the many things we could do if we didn’t love porn so much. Clearly, more time spent searching for sin is not only less time searching for God, but more time spent running away from Him. Imagine how the world would change if all of that energy we spent running from God was instead spent searching for God? And we wouldn’t need a search engine either. Our God has made Himself so easily findable as to actually become one of us. We just have to open our eyes and see Him.

Merry Christmas!