Americans don't care about Syria because they're distracted by Miley Cyrus' twerking

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Miley Cyrus performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Remember when Miley Cyrus broke the Internet by twerking all over your living rooms via her VMA performance with Beetlejuice Robin Thicke? Well, it turns out that she used those moves to lure you into a hypnotic trance in which you wouldn't care at all about whether or not the United States decided to intervene in the conflict going on over in Syria.

New York magazine's Maureen O'Connor reminded everyone how screwed up our priorities are by taking a look at Outbrain data that catalogs the internetting habits of American citizens.

In the three days surrounding Miley's VMA performance and the Obama administration signaling its willingness to bomb Syria, Outbrain's network generated 8,104 stories about the former and 19,568 about the latter. The day after the VMAs, Miley Cyrus stories accounted for 12 percent of total U.S. page views, while Syria stories accounted for 1 percent.

That's gross. Miley stories made up less than half of the total of stories on Syria and still managed to dwarf the traffic generated by, you know, important stuff. Just in case you aren't up to date on what's going on in Syria, President Obama is set to lobby for congressional approval of a limited stri—

Oooooh, look! Miley Cyrus is going to host SNL on October 5th! Think she'll twerk? I hope she twerks. Can't wait to see who they have play Robin Thicke. [NYMag]

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