The Internet Is For Porn (Part 1)- Trends in Online Porn Use

In my last post discussing 4chan I briefly mentioned that 4chan is home to a cornucopia of Internet porn. While this is true, 4chan is a mere drop in the massive, massive bucket that is internet porn. Porn has been found to make up 12% of websites, 25% of all search engine requests and 35% of all downloads. Clearly, porn is a huge part of the culture of the Internet. As such, looking into what kind of porn is most popular and why could yield insights as to the larger culture of sexuality on the Internet.

Age Matters

Pornhub, one of the largest and most popular porn sites on the web, has a section called Pornhub Insights, where porn viewing stats are compiled into crystal clear infographics. Take this map of the U.S. for example.

Source: Pornhub Insights

Source: Pornhub Insights

Every state on this map is labeled by the most popular porn search in that state. While “creampie” (slang for internal ejaculation) takes the number one spot with 13 states, combining the states in which youth-based searches, “college” and “teen”, are most popular, results in a superior 14 states. Drs. Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, report similar findings about the popularity of youth based searches in their book A Billion Wicked Thoughts, a thorough analysis of online porn. This trend makes sense in a psychological context. Statistics have shown that the majority of porn viewers are men, and straight men are evolutionarily trained to seek out women in the “prime of their fertility”, i.e. late teens early 20s.

What this does not explain, however, is the popularity of the MILF (Mother I’d Like to F—).

Ogas and Gaddam found MILFs to be second only to teens in porn popularity. Unfortunately, academic research on the subject is practically non-existent, meaning we can only speculate as to why so many straight men seem just as inclined towards mothers as they are towards daughters. Some of the more common hypotheses include a desire for a woman in a dominant position, as well as a lust for a confident, experienced woman.

While there are many more fascinating statistics to be gleaned from Pornhub’s analysis page, looking at all of them would be a lengthy endeavor. As a result, this post will be broken up into several parts for ease of viewing.

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