So well established is the fact that porn sites attract the greatest volume of web traffic that ExtremeTech
takes it for granted that any person "in possession of a fast Internet connection must be in want of some porn." ExtremeTech's investigation gives an insight into the staggering volume of traffic porn sites attract.
According to the investigation, the only sites that surpass the biggest porn site, Xvideos, in traffic are sites like Google and Facebook.
reports porn sites dominate the top 500 websites and Xvideos receives 4.4 billion page views per month, three times page views of CNN or ESPN, and twice Reddit.
notes that one of the major differences between porn and non-porn sites is the average duration of a visit. It notes that for top news sites, an average visit is between three to six minutes, just enough time to read one or two stories. But so captivating is the menu served viewers on Xvideos that the average time spent on the site is up to 20 minutes, with about 35 to 40 petabytes of pornography being transferred per month, equivalent to 50 gigabytes per second.
While most news sites are predominantly based on text and images, porn sites feature streaming video, and the volume of data involved is astronomical. The only sites that come close to porn sites in data volume are YouTube and Hulu, but even then YouPorn is about six times larger than Hulu, ExtremeTech
According to Daily Mail
, investigators estimate that at peak traffic time, Xvideos is streaming 1,000 gigabytes per second or 1 terabyte, equivalent to one fifteenth of the total amount of connectivity between London and New York.
The investigation identified the three major porn sites, besides Xvideos, as PornHub, with monthly page views of 2.5 billion; YouPorn, 2.1 billion and Tube8, 970 million page views per month.