Only Four Percent of the Internet's Top Sites Are Actually Porn. What?

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Oh A Billion Wicked Thoughts, indeed. The now-landmark (it counts now, right?) work conducted by neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam revealed plenty about our sexy internet, um, habits. But, according to their data, only 4% of the web's top sites is porn.


Dr. Ogas, in his interview with Forbes, conceded that it's really hard to tell how big the web is and how everyone behaves on it since the internet is so dynamic. But, after collecting data on the million most popular sites out there, he stands confident in the work. That's significant. It means there just isn't as much porn out there as what conventional wisdom would have you believe. In fact, the idea that "the internet is for porn"—no one start singing—is largely a myth, with plenty of conflicting reports written that either inflating or understating how many adult sites actually exist. And it's doubtful that the new .xxx domains that went live last week will upset that trend.

All this still would lead me to believe we watch a LOT of porn on a relative handful of smut sites, but Ogas shot that down as well, saying that porn comprises only 13% of all web searches. What? That seems to fly in the face of every internet intuition I've developed. Every intuition we've developed. I guess people do care a substantial amount about things that don't—at least directly—concern sex.

Although the cam site attracts 32 million visitors a month. Go her!


The only question mark that remains is how much porn people actually download, which Ogas admits was also hard to discern for their study, but what with streaming sites like PornHub around, that number might be surprisingly low, too.

Does this perhaps make you feel a little less guilty about all the Bang Bus you watch? [Forbes]


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I haven't really read through the entire survey, but does one of the things that jumps out, pretty much immediately for me, is that the number is probably so low, because there are a number of sites doing, essentially the same thing. There are a number different groups that do the same thing as BangBros (different sites with a ton of different ladies doing a ton of different stuff) so I don't think that any has really cornered the market. So, using the cola model someone else had used, instead of having BangBros as your Coke and NaughtyAmerica as your Pepsi you have close to a dozen sites that are like pornographic flavors of Fanta.

The other thing, is that I haven't searched for pornography using a major search engine since AOL was still mailing us CD's every few days. Most of the searches are done in-site, which I'm not sure has been accounted for.

That said, I'm sure that, thanks to work-based browsing, the percentages are skewed. We're sitting in front of computers 8 hours a day, and most of us can't exactly click on over to fleshbot and enjoy a 15 minute break whenever we want.