By Jeffrey Hartinger
Originally published on Advocate.com December 12 2013 3:44 PM ET
If recent search history is any indication, it seems that most American women are a little skeptical of the sexual orientation of their husbands.
According to The New York Times, when “Is my husband...” is searched on Google in the United States, “gay” is the most popular word to follow. It is 10% more common than the second-ranking word, “cheating.” It’s also 10 times more common than “depressed” and eight times more common than “an alcoholic.”
Followed by "gay," the most popular for females searching about their boyfriend are “cheating,” “controlling,” and “in love with me.”
The searches questioning a husband's sexual orientation are more prevalent in less tolerant states, particularly South Carolina and Louisiana, according to the report.
"In fact, in 21 of the 25 states where this question is most frequently asked, support for gay marriage is lower than the national average,” writes Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.
Straight, married men, however, appear to be less concerned about whether their wives could be lesbians. They tend to search whether their wives are having an affair, a tax dependent, a narcissist, or "still in love with me."
JEFFREY HARTINGER is a writer and lives in New York City. Visit his website or follow him @BuffaloGuyInNYC.