Watching The World Watching Porn

Three interesting posts about internet pornography — and let me just say right off the bat that there is nothing in this post even remotely interesting if you’re looking to get that little, satisfying tingle in your dopamine receptors from reading about porn; I didn’t even include racy illustration photos because as it turns out, there’s a lot of that stuff freely available on the internet (go check it out, if that’s what you came for, I’ll wait) — and the statistical study of smutty viewing trends and may I just say it’s fascinating. And revealing! (Not revealing in that way, pervert.)

1. “Pornhub Data Shows 5 Surprising Trends in Americans’ Porn Habits“.

Is what it says on the package. (Not that kind of package. Stop it.) Takeaways: we are watching more porn, we are watching more and more of that moreness on our mobiles. We particularly like to jerk off when it’s cold out and on Mondays. (The last, presumably, because it’s the one day of the week we’re least likely to have plans after work, having just finished the weekend. Or because it’s the worst day of the week and we need comfort — and, apparently, busty Asian MILFs — to get over the gloominess.)

But the number one interesting fact here for me is that income inequality and education level seems to significantly affects porn viewing habits. (PornHub suggests that bandwidth issues might be causing the extra time on site, but surely not the extra pageviews, though?) If it really is the case that these are major factors, what is the thing that makes educated, better-off people watch less porn?

2.”Pornhub.com Search Data Shows Us Just Who Likes What in Each Of the 50 States

Which is mostly a fun post, but also with one interesting data point: it seems that Republican states in the US watch more porn. If that’s true, then that’s a really interesting data point, which seems consistent with other factors like teen pregnancy, age of sexual debut, divorce etc. There’s some pretty convincing evidence that those factors are caused by income inequality and education inequality, so that’s a likely explanation here also, but there might be something else at play. Some cultural factor beyong inequality that links porn viewing to conservatism and religion.

3. “Pornhub Has Figured Out A Brilliant Way To Get Free Publicity

Tl;dr: This post was in effect just one big viral advertisement for Pornhub. Which was not my intention. D’oh.

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