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Researchers say Google searches give better sexual health advise than Siri

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Published Dec 14, 2017, 6:15 pm IST
Updated Dec 14, 2017, 6:15 pm IST
Google searches give better sexual health advise than Siri, study finds. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Google searches give better sexual health advise than Siri, study finds. (Photo: Pixabay)

A new study has found that Google searchers give far better for sex advice than Apple's Siri.

In 72% of searches, laptop searches gave better input and data on questions about sexual health, researchers found, the Metro reported. Even Google Assistant outperformed Siri.

"Our findings show the importance of improving digital literacy in the general population," lead author of the study Professor Nick Wilson, from the University of Otago in New Zealand told the Metro.

"UK data suggest that only 48 per cent of 1,516 people aged 16 years or older using search engines could correctly recognise an advertisement in search results, despite these being distinguished by a box with the word 'ad'," he went on to explain.

While he does not want to shut down, Siri's abilities completely, he does suggest Google is a better option for now.

"Parents too embarrassed to respond to their children's questions about sex, can reasonably say 'just Google it', but we would not suggest asking Siri until it becomes more comfortable with talking about sex or at least has an opinion," Professor Wilson added.

He also warned that people need to treat information online, especially about lifestyle with extreme caution.

The study's findings were published in The BMI.

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