Oh God, indeed.

A new study has found that in the last six years, religious people living in America’s Bible Belt – a term usually used to describe areas of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky and North Carolina – watched the most porn nationwide. 

Seeking an association between religious beliefs and porn consumption, researchers looked at porn searches across the country over the last six years.

Along with calculating normal porn data across the U.S., they also analyzed number of people they say believe in God in each state, as well as the number of folks who take the Bible word for word and how often they attend church.

Their findings, published in the Journal of Sex Research, revealed that Evangelical Protestants watched the most porn out of everyone in the country.

The researchers also found that the lowest number of porn searches took place in the states where fewer people reported being religious.

While it’s not exactly difficult to guess why deeply religious people are flocking to the Internet for stimulation, Dr. Justin Lehmiller ventures a few theories.

Perhaps least surprisingly, he suggests that because Evangelists are often sexually deprived, online porn is the “primary sexual outlet for people who live in highly religious states.”

He also theorizes, however, that the strict rules around sex enforced by many religions create a sexual paradox wherein people are watching porn to regain some semblance of sexual freedom – a raunchy kind of reverse psychology, suggested Lehmiller.

Time to tighten those chastity belts, perhaps?

h/t Maxim