The World’s Guiltiest Online Pleasures Revealed

We’re just taking a look at online guilty pleasures by country—and no, this list isn’t about adult content.

Catherine McNally
Editorial Lead, Internet & Gaming
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July 09, 2018
3 min read

Hello world, it’s time to discuss our internet habits.

Wait, wait—don’t freak out and delete your browser history yet. We’re just taking a look at online guilty pleasures by country—and no, this list isn’t about adult content. (Spoiler: Pakistan is the only country in love with adorable cat videos as much as we are.)

First things first: We didn’t pull a Facebook to discover all these secret searches. Instead, we put together a list of topics you might type into Google when no one’s looking. Then we cross-referenced that list with Google Trends data to find out which saucy topics people in each country are most likely to search for.

So strap in your seatbelts and hang on tight. It’s time to dive into the World Wide Web of guilty pleasures.

1. The online dating scene is muy caliente

Sorry francophiles, looks like Spanish really is the language of love.

Whatever way you spin it, there’s no denying Spanish-speaking countries love to swipe through Tinder and Grindr. If you live in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, or Uruguay, chances are you’re getting your date on online. Here’s to finding love in all the hot places.

2. Europe: Are you for the Horde or the Alliance?

There’s one thing residents of Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden have in common: they all join forces to battle the Burning Legion and defend Azeroth in the online game World of Warcraft (WoW).

With 41,378,754 gamers playing WoW on European servers (that’s about 1.5 million more than the number of people playing on US servers), it’s no surprise we see mostly European countries searching up a storm for all things World of Warcraft.

While we American gamers hate to admit it, Europe does seem to be number one when it comes to both PvE and PvP content. (That’s Player vs. Environment and Player vs. Player, for anyone who doesn’t understand gamerspeak.) The top three PvE WoW guilds—Method, Экзорсус, and Memento—all come from EU servers.

As for PvP, the 2017 BlizzCon arena champion team, “ABC,” also featured a European lineup with members from the UK, Norway, Finland, and France.

3. If you build it...

There’s no doubt about it: Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia love Minecraft. That’s right—chances are you’ll find people from Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine digging, mining, and building with 8-bit blocks.

Who knows—maybe we’ll see a boom in jaw-dropping architecture as Minecrafters worldwide graduate from computer-generated worlds to real life.

Who knows—maybe we’ll see a boom in jaw-dropping architecture as Minecrafters worldwide graduate from computer-generated worlds to real life.

Will their buildings take futuristic forms, like the modern flame skyscrapers in Baku, Azerbaijan?

Will they aspire to restore cities to their former glory, like this idea to rebuild the five bridges that crossed the Tigris River into a housing complex in Mosul, Iraq?

Or will they give a nod to history, like the fascinating post-Soviet architecture of Kazakhstan?

Only time will tell, but in the meantime, we can all enjoy some gorgeous Minecraft architecture on YouTube.

4. The US and UK are UW (under the weather)

We’re not sure what’s going on in the US and the UK, but both countries share a tendency to consult online symptom checkers like WebMD often.

Could it be that we don’t trust our doctors? Or maybe it’s because we just really dislike going to the doctor’s office? Either way, we hope residents in both countries are relying on qualified medical professionals to provide a final diagnosis.

5. We smell a conspiracy

Don’t look now, but people living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Italy, Norway, Romania, and Slovakia seem to love a good conspiracy theory.

We’re not sure if they’re just curious if Elvis is still alive or are very concerned that Hitler might have secretly escaped to South America. (Breathe easy—a scientific study debunked that last one.) Whatever the case, something out there is making residents of these countries concerned that things are not as they seem.

That’s a wrap for five of our favorite online guilty pleasures from around the world. Hopefully this left you feeling not-so-ashamed about your own internet habits. Lesson learned: you can delete your browser history, but search trends are forever.

Most popular searches by country

Country
Guilty pleasure

Afghanistan

Chat rooms

Albania

Zynga Poker

Algeria

Chatroulette

Argentina

Tinder

Armenia

Chatroulette

Australia

Online investing

Austria

Bitcoin

Azerbaijan

Minecraft

Bangladesh

Adult content

Belarus

The Sims

Belgium

Tinder

Bolivia

World of Warcraft

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Conspiracy Theories

Brazil

Eelslap.com

Brunei

Zynga Poker

Bulgaria

World of Warcraft

Burma

Farmville

Canada

Ashley Madison

Chile

Tinder

Colombia

Grindr

Costa Rica

Grindr

Croatia

Conspiracy Theories

Cyprus

Farmville

Czechia

The Sims

Denmark

World of Warcraft

Dominican Republic

Grindr

Ecuador

Grindr

Egypt

Free adult content

Estonia

Tinder

Ethiopia

Free adult content

Finland

Tinder

France

Conspiracy Theories

Georgia

Chatroulette

Germany

World of Warcraft

Ghana

Online dating

Greece

Instagram Models

Guatemala

Grindr

Honduras

Grindr

Hong Kong

Conspiracy Theories

Hungary

The Sims

India

Adult content

Indonesia

Conspiracy Theories

Iran

Instagram Models

Iraq

Minecraft

Ireland

Celebrity news

Israel

OKCupid

Italy

Conspiracy Theories

Jamaica

Adult content

Japan

Minecraft

Jordan

Zynga Poker

Kazakhstan

Minecraft

Kosovo

Zynga Poker

Kuwait

Adult content

Kyrgyzstan

Minecraft

Latvia

The Sims

Lebanon

Zynga Poker

Lithuania

The Sims

Macedonia

Zynga Poker

Malaysia

Bitcoin

Malta

Online gambling

Mauritius

Adult content

Mexico

Grindr

Moldova

Minecraft

Mongolia

Zynga Poker

Montenegro

Zynga Poker

Morocco

Tinder

Namibia

Online Dating

Nepal

Candycrush

Netherlands

Rollercoaster Tycoon

New Zealand

Buzzfeed Quizzes

Nigeria

Sugardaddyforme.com

Norway

Conspiracy Theories

Pakistan

Cat videos

Palestinian Territories

Zynga Poker

Panama

Grindr

Paraguay

Grindr

Peru

Minecraft

Philippines

Fail videos

Poland

The Sims

Portugal

The Sims

Qatar

Adult content

Romania

Conspiracy Theories

Russia

The Sims

Saudi Arabia

Minecraft

Senegal

Online Dating

Serbia

Adult content

Singapore

Bitcoin

Slovakia

Conspiracy Theories

Slovenia

Bitcoin

South Africa

Sugar Daddy Sites

South Korea

Rollercoaster Tycoon

Spain

Tinder

Sri Lanka

Instagram Models

Sweden

World of Warcraft

Switzerland

Bitcoin

Syria

Zynga Poker

Taiwan

Online auction

Tanzania

Adult content

Thailand

The Sims

Trinidad and Tobago

Free adult content

Tunisia

Chatroulette

Turkey

Bitcoin

Uganda

Online gambling

Ukraine

Minecraft

United Arab Emirates

Bitcoin

United Kingdom

Symptom Checker

United States

WebMD

Uruguay

Tinder

Venezuela

The Sims

Vietnam

Minecraft

Yemen

Zynga Poker

Zimbabwe

Online Dating

Catherine McNally
Written by
Catherine McNally
Catherine has a degree in journalism and an MBA, and has spent the last 10+ years writing everything from Okinawa travel guides to stories on Medium. She’s been online since AOL CDs were a thing and is an unapologetic PC gamer. She believes the internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and writes reviews and guides to help everyone stay connected. You can also find her on Twitter: @CMReviewsIt.

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