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Haiti v. Sex: What's On Your Mind?

03/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

My post on Haiti's orphans has gotten more hits than anything else on Family Inequality this month. My traffic is tiny, of course, but more broadly, the mind of the American public experienced a seismic event on January 13, when the earthquake struck. Google searches for the word "Haiti" suddenly surpassed searches for the word "sex" for the first time in recorded history.

"Haiti" searches remained higher than "sex" for most of the next 10 days, though it appears likely "sex" may be back on top by next weekend's Friday-Saturday spike.

For details on the measurement and scale, you can repeat my search here or read Google's About file here.