Voting for a winner makes you want to surf for porn -

Boffins looking at voting trends have hit upon a very surprising web result. Regions who voted for President Obama and saw him win had a mysterious spike in visits to porn sites.

However those regions which voted for John McCain, and watched him lose, saw people staying away from porn sites.

The conclusion of Villanova University shrink Patrick Markey is that voting for the winning candidate makes guys want to watch pornography.

Markey and his missus Charlotte have been researching into testosterone levels for many years. After examining internet usage, they found a pattern between the number of search requests for porn and the states that backed the winners in the last two presidential elections, as well as in the congressional election between them.

It seems that men become more sexually interested in our mates or pornography immediately following a win, Markey said.

Past research showed that after they win or lose in competitions, people often experience a surge or drop in testosterone.

The changes apply if people are only spectators of contests. Male voters for Sen. John McCain showed a larger testosterone drop than normal during the 2008 US presidential election, while those of male voters for Barack Obama kept steady.

The Markeys think that after elections, men who had voted for winners might seek out sexual stimulation of some sort.

After the 2004 presidential election, won by Republican George W. Bush, and the 2008 presidential elections, won by Democrat Obama, porn searches did go up in states that voted for the winning party.

Marky said that it was not clear if testosterone was the reason why we are seeing these changes in porn-seeking behaviour, but it seems like the best explanation.

The trend applied to the midterm elections in 2006, when Democrats captured the Senate, House of Representatives and a majority of governorships and state legislatures.

The results apply to both Republicans and Democrats.

Another possible explanation was that voters for winning candidates were simply in better moods, and thus more likely to desire sex.

But this flies in the face of research which indicates links between mood and desire. Often the people who feel down have a greater desire for a shag.