The Malta Independent 24 June 2018, Sunday

It’s official: The Maltese prefer porn to Wikipedia

Helena Grech Saturday, 28 January 2017, 10:07 Last update: about 2 years ago

People logging onto the internet in Malta are more likely to be visiting a live webcam sex show website than reading/learning off of Wikipedia, according to global website analytics company Alexa.

Bongacams.com was found to currently have higher internet users in Malta than Wikipedia.org, ranked at numbers 12 and 13 respectively.

According to Alexa, the webcam sex show website is ranked globally at number 101, while Wikipedia is ranked at number six.

When zooming into the internet habits of users in Malta, an interest in live webcam sex shows appears to have just outranked the free online encyclopedia, which is constantly being improved through user changes being made thousands of times per day.

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia that allows submissions from the public, with the logic that outsourcing submissions from experts and enthusiastic people from around the world would create a far more comprehensive and detailed body of information.

What does this say about the Maltese?

Overall, it would appear that the Maltese are more interested in sex than voluntarily accessing a free online encyclopedia. At the outset, the local rankings could be interpreted as highlighting the perverted minds of the people who inhabit Malta.

It certainly underscores the absurd situation in Malta where sex is still considered a taboo subject, along with Sexually Transmitted Diseases (which is quite prevalent on the island) and the fact that a large proportion of the island is uncomfortable buying contraceptives in pharmacies and supermarkets for fear of being seen, yet people are more likely to be accessing bongacams.com rather than Wikipedia.

More so, sexual education in Malta differs drastically depending on what school you attended throughout your adolescence, from detailed explanations about contraception, STDs and appropriate sexual conduct in a world that is increasingly trying to sell sex, to a more conservative religious-based explanation on the topic.

Despite the overtly hypocritical situation when it comes to sex, what could be more worrying is the fact that the top websites accessed by people in Malta relate to some form of social media, local news websites and services such as YouTube.

While it would be unfair to judge anybody for their internet habits, it does highlight a pattern and would suggest a need to promote knowledge-based websites as not just being tools for students to get through exams/assignments, and a more mature nation-wide discussion on sexual related issues.

 

 

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