Splashed on all the papers today, both Sinhala and English was the fact that Sri Lanka topped with Google list of Countries that googled the word Sex. India came in at a close second and the list has Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh not far behind!
Am I reading far more into this than it warrants? I don’t know, but to see 5 countries in South Asia in the top ten, is surely not coincidental. I would wish to know a little about how this survey was done, and if this is according to number of searches irrespective of the population of the Country concerned or if it is relative to the population?
On the face of it there is some great desire amongst the populations during the holiday periods to search these subjects, when leisure time permits! It was during the Sinhala/Tamil New Year and the Christmas Holiday period that these searches appear to have peaked in Sri Lanka, and similarly during Indian holiday periods was when it happened in India, so I presume our people have nothing better to do during these holidays, not conversing with their friends and relatives, but to spend time on the net looking to gain some form of enjoyment thus by going through pornographic sites.
Is there a greater desire for sex than other cultures that does not get satisfied due to cultural strictures and preventions, which release presumably men to go into these search engines to obtain that which they do not obtain at home?
What about the image of this Country, where it TOPS the world LIST? That is going to be fodder for people to laugh at us, as being a highly frustrated or unsatisfied (sexually) people who seek their thrills in this sort of medium.
What are the other implications? Is that the level of prostitution in Sri Lanka is far higher than estimated. The numbers engaged in this trade from Three Wheeler driver pimps to people renting out rooms by the hour all around the country are mushrooming, and with little sign of reduction. That the Law Enforcement Authorities, the underworld and by implication local politicians all earn a fabulout amount of money from the use and abuse of females who are trying to add to the meager earnings that there household has due to the principal bread winner being unemployable or alcoholic, by engaging in this vocation to sustain their family!
These are social questions that bear answering. It is something that no doubt will be debated in drawing rooms and in bars and let us hope some positives will result.