Aah, statistics. If Economics is the dismal science, statistics are the units of dismality. Still, these are intriguing:
The good folks at ExtremeTech took it upon themselves this week to get at one of the Internet’s crucial questions—just how big are porn sites these days? The answer? Ron Jeremy big.
According to this tool, the online porn kingpin Xvideos feeds up 4.4 billion page views per month. That’s about 10 times as many as the New York Times and three times as many as CNN.com. YouPorn—another site packed full of stimulating content—notches 2.1 billion page views per month. And while people spend a few minutes per day on news sites, they tend to spend 15 minutes or more on porn sites, which would seem to say something rather definitive about, er, male stamina……
[T]he top porn sites count men as about 75% of their visitors. Breaking the stats down further, about half of the visitors make between $25,000 and $50,000 per year, while only 2% earn more than $150,000 per year. — businessweek.com
First thought: duh. I know more males who keep scrapbooks than eschew porn.
Third thought: Stamina is less the issue than the viewers’ need to use both hands.
These are astounding numbers under any circumstances. Given that they suggest an obsession with sex, does that reveal a sick society or a healthy one? I bet that question could last through a whole week of talk shows, after which not a single opinion would be changed.
Personally, I think it’s a healthy phenomenon. The world needs more sex, not less. People who engage in consensual sex are happier than people who don’t, and what could be more consensual than a man and a video screen?
It’s possible to overdo it, of course. It’s possible to overdo drinking water. If you’ve watched Bare-Assic Park more than three times, maybe you need a break. There really are times when “too much of a good thing” is applicable. Can’t say I’ve reached that point with sex myself, but I’m willing to die trying. (On my headstone: He came and went.)
On the one hand, if you’ll pardon the expression, I wish porn had been this accessible when I was growing up, but on the other hand, there’s a good chance I might never have left the house. That’s what I say today, but I imagine kids to whom porn is readily available and never knew any other way are rather blasé about it. It’s a given. ‘T’was always so. So why aren’t they noticeably happier?
I’m told there are “vintage porn sites” featuring erotica from eons ago. Not interested myself, but I’m curious if those sites feature underwear ads from Sears catalogs. Yes, kids, it was that bad. Unzip and cheer up.