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article imagePornography: 'Everybody' is watching it, statistics say

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 9, 2012 in Internet
Nobody admits it, but statistics don't lie, and it says "everybody" is watching porn. Investigators say 30 percent of all web traffic is porn. The porn site, Xvideos, receives a staggering 4.4 billion page views and 350 million unique visitors per month.
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.
The traffic statistics for Xvideos was obtained from Google's DoubleClick Ad Planner which uses cookies to gather information about users. ExtremeTech 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.
Extremetech 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 reports.
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.
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