How on earth did the human population ever survive without Google?
Picture this. You’re watching a new movie on Netflix and you swear you recognise one of the actors.
Can you imagine not being able to simply Google who they are and then go on a 20 minute deep dive to learn about every facet of their lives?
Or what about if you are whipping up a complicated dish to try and impress your new partner’s mum, but you realise you’ve run out of a key ingredient.
How would you know what a good egg replacement is without Google?
Sure, kids in the old days could look up certain words in their parents’ dusty collection of Encyclopedia Britannicas’ (Gen Z, we’ll give you a minute to Google that one).
But what if we had a bit more of a naughty question? Or something that was totally embarrassing?
Thankfully these days all we need to do is whip out our trusty rectangle devices and ask any question that was on our mind, without fear of judgement or ridicule (as long as you hide your phone from the person sitting behind you on the bus, that is).
Google has now revealed the search engine’s top questions that people had about sex in 2023 – and the results might surprise you.
The most googled sex question of 2023 was: “What is the speed bump position?”.
Sounding more like something that happens on the roads than between the sheets, the term was actually popularised after a contestant on Love Island brought it up on the series.
Fans were left dumbfounded after reality star Tom Clare revealed that it was his favourite sex position earlier this year, causing a surge of people looking up how to do it at home.
While we won’t go into too many details, the position involves having a pillow placed under a person’s hips as they lay face down, hence the ‘speed bump’ name.
After clearing all that up – and maybe even as a result of trying the position itself – the second most googled question was from people desperate to know whether it was okay to have sex during pregnancy.
The good news is that it is totally safe, although it may be uncomfortable the closer someone is to giving birth.
“If your pregnancy is going smoothly, it’s safe to have sex and orgasm while you’re pregnant,” states Australian parenting website Raising Children.
“You might worry that sex will harm the baby. But your baby is well protected and sealed off in the amniotic sac, so you can’t hurt your baby by having sex.”
Searches for the meaning of “sex positivity” came in third, while people asking why they might be bleeding after sex was the fourth most asked question.
According to experts, light spotting after having sex on occasion will most of the time simply be the result of skin irritation or vaginal dryness.
But in rarer cases, post-coital bleeding may indicate an STI or vaginal infection, so it is best to check with a doctor.
Others longed to know how many dates they should go on before having sex with someone, while some fitness junkies wanted to find out how many calories they burned during intercourse (spoiler: It is about 100 calories – not bad!).
One of the most popular questions people wanted to know actually had nothing to do with their own sex lives or anything about their bodies.
Some simply asked something most of us have probably never considered at any point in our lives until this very moment.
How do fish have sex?
I won’t spoil the surprise, but just know that the answer sea-prise you.