A new survey shows that east Germans are more likely to video themselves having sex than their western neighbours.
The survey, conducted by TNS Emnid for amateur porn and dating site mydirtyhobby.de, showed a clear divide between east and west German attitudes to DIY porn.
Around 14 percent of respondents in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg, the three states that make up the north of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), said that they had filmed themselves in the bedroom.
But, the highest number of west German’s who admitted to a bit of self-voyeurism was a lowly 4 percent in the Rhine region.
Baden-Württemberg proved to be particularly prudish. Every single respondent there denied recording their most intimate moments.
Bavarians were only slightly more risqué; 1 percent of respondents in the conservative, largely Catholic southern state admitted to having filmed themselves in bed.
Elmar Brähler, Professor for medicinal psychology at Leipzig University, told The Local that the difference lies in cultural attitudes to sex in the days of the GDR.
“In the GDR 80 percent of the population were non-religious,” said Brähler.
Because the church played almost no role in social life “there was room for a cultural of sexual liberality,” said Brähler, noting that public nudity was especially popular in communist times.
The atheism that was encouraged in the communist state still exists today; east Germany has the highest percentage of non-religious people in the world.
The Leipzig professor also speculated that the west Germans who have grown up attending church are more likely to hide the truth about their most private habits.
“Nothing gets people to lie like sex and alcohol,” he pointed out.
There has yet to be a survey about who exactly is watching all the home-made romp videos.