Monday, February 13, 2012

500 Years of Sex, Love, Marriage, and Romance

Happy Valentine Day! Romance is in the air. Or is? Has romance been that popular over the centuries?

Historically, what has been prevailed? Sex? Love? Marriage? Romance?  How can we studied it analytically and be more data-driven? And how can we ILLUMINATE that data?

 Google books Ngram Viewer lets you trace the use of a particular word(or words) over the past five centuries based on its large database of scanned books. We get the results above running the experiment on the words - the  sex, love, marriage, and romance for the last 500 years of printed books. Despite all the talk about romance all this time of the year, ironically, romance is the lowest among the words studied.

Marriage was recorded in printed form more than sex. Sex didn't get picked up until the 1800s and didn't
gained steam until the 20th century. Only until about the 1960s that sex and marriage began to get equal coverage.

Then we got out winner. *DING* *DING* *DING* LOVE! Love conquered all! Though it came down from its all-time bubble mania high of the 1650s, it's still kickin' butts and takin' names. Thank you mam. In fact, at the far left hand side of the graph, at the dawn of the 21st century, love is truckin' upward!

Perhaps, love does make the world go around. Because it sure ain't sex or marriage. ;)

Given it's Valentine Day, congratulations to Adele for winning the Grammy. Here's her song Set Fire To The Rain . Here's to love.

Taylor Swift Love Story


  1. Nice post!
    Thanks for this one.

  2. This is great! I do agree that love is in the air but romance is in the air?I don't think so. Well, I am so happy to Adele for winning the Grammy. What I can say is that "Value the one who loves you because it's easy to find someone to love but it's hard to find someone who will gonna love you for the rest of your life."