How Successful Is Pornhub?


Some of you might be old enough to remember
the days when pornography was scarce, at least in relation to now. Kids in the 80s might only see porn when discovering
their father’s hidden adult magazines methodically placed somewhere between his collection of
National Geographic’s and Gardener’s Weekly, out of sight at the back of the closet. Back then they had VHS tapes, Debbie does
Dallas and titillating tales of British Window Cleaners. But now porn is pervasive, there at the push
of a button; your own private library of lascivious entertainment, an endless cornucopia of copulation,
fetishes for all tastes; Japanese screamers, Russian teens, MILFs, massive mammary glands,
inconceivable animated sexual acts and anything that goes really, if it’s legal of course. Today we will look at many people’s worst
kept secret, in this episode of the Infographics Show, How Successful Is Pornhub? According to French writer and philosopher
Georges Bataille, we humans love to get lost in the erotic act. He said that in his hard-to-understand book,
“Eroticism”, that it’s the taboo of such acts that allows us to overcome isolation,
boredom, even the fear of death. You might say pornography gives us something
similar, although Bataille could have had no idea about what was to come in the 21st
century. Let’s just give you a quick run-down of
porn through the ages before we get into one of the biggest porn distributors now or ever. You can go back to pre-history and find instances
of porn, or at least erotic drawings on cave walls. The Romans loved to see painted acts of people
getting it on, and there are plenty of artifacts that show things such as people having oral
sex. In 1857, the Victorians outlawed pornography
under the ‘Obscene Publications Act’ and then we saw the word pornography in the English
dictionary. While the Romans thought pictures of such
acts were beautiful, the Victorians warned that porn would “corrupt and deprave the
minds of the uneducated public.” Over in France not long before this, the Marquis
de Sade (where we get the word Sadism) had been writing political pornography, often
disturbing to say the least. Nonetheless, Sadomasochism is a genre in the
porn-world right now. The first porn movie, at least some sources
tell us, was made by someone who worked for Thomas Edison. His name was William Kennedy Dickson, and
he made “What the Butler Saw” on mutoscope; flickering images of women underdressing,
what we might call softcore. In the 70s people might go to special blue
theaters to watch their porn, a far cry from the private shows we get in front of our computers
today. If you’ve seen the recent show, “The Deuce”
by David Simon, you’ll know how this developed into porn on video in the 80s. This was the start of a huge industry, replete
with low-grade geezers in LA taking copious amounts of drugs and hanging out with girls
and guys whose bodies defied biology. But that is still a long way from Millennials
thinking watching porn is as natural as taking a bath. When porn really broke, is when the Internet
arrived, or at least when the Internet could accommodate videos in the 90s. Porn broke the Internet like nothing else,
and the statistics are astounding. You know Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter are
popular. Well, porn sites in total get way more hits. In fact, it’s around a $100 billion industry. We all download things right, well, it’s
said that 35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography. U.S. health research tells us that 64 percent
of the population searched for porn at least once a week in 2016. As for young men, adolescents, 93 percent
of them were actively looking for porn that year. With girls it was only 63 percent, according
to that survey. Ok, we don’t need to get stat-heavy here
because you know yourself how much porn is being watched because you are very, very likely
part of the statistics. So, where do we go to see porn? This is actually quite hard to find an answer
to, because every time this writer searches for something porn-related all he gets is
more porn, not research! We went to Alexa, which tells you the most
hit sites on the web. Right now Pornhub is indeed the most popular
adult website, in fact, it’s the 20th most hit site in the world. Following Pornhub came Livejasmin.com in 40th
place and Xvideos in 41st place. Pornhub is without doubt the biggest porn
site out there. The Canadian site was launched in 2007 and
has gone from strength to strength. You might hear the word Pornhub in Hollywood
movies, as it’s become a byword for online adult video, although you’ll find some countries
have a zero tolerance stance against such assumed filth, such as China and Thailand,
countries that might ban porn but have a very vibrant scene of prostitution and other sex
entertainment. Go figure. Anyway, let’s look at some of the things
Pornhub has to say about itself. It’s so big it releases its own statistics. In 2017 the site had a total of 28.5 billion
visitors, which averaged at 81 million visitors every day. In a post, Pornhub wrote, “With 24.7 billion
searches performed on the site this year, there was clearly a lot to find, as this translates
to about 50,000 searches per minute and 800 searches per second.” The site said this is quite funny as it’s
about the same number of hamburgers that McDonalds sells. Perhaps fast food and masturbation go hand
in hand, but of course not at the same time. You eat first of course, we are not animals. If you look at videos uploaded that year,
if you watched every single video it would take you 68 years to get through them. In terms of size, uploaded videos equaled
118 GBs per second or 10,225,205 GBs per day. Now that’s hard to get into your head. It meant that 595,482 hours of video was uploaded
in total. This was more than 4 million videos, 810,000
of them coming from you amateur enthusiasts. Did people like them? Most probably some folks would not tell, but
Pornhub said that 120 million videos were voted for and 80 percent of the reviews were
positive. Porn for women, which Pornhub said isn’t
easy to explain, was up 1400%. In terms of video views. It seems more women are getting down with
porn. Guess what the number one searched term was? No, it wasn’t about voluptuous women or
men with oversized appendages, or Eastern European beauties or adorable Asians in uniforms;
it was “lesbians.” Pornhub wrote, “Lesbians have been the #1
fantasy of men since the beginning of time. For the men that aren’t likely to ever have
a threesome with lesbians, this is an ideal way for them to live out their fantasy.” Women, too, it seemed were into woman on woman
porn. The next most searched for terms were as follows:
Hentai, MILF, Step mom, Step sister, mom, teen, Japanese, massage, anal, ebony, cartoon,
overwatch, Asian. Does that surprise you? It’s surprised us a little, but then we
are too innocent to be experts on this matter. Everything changes per country though, with
the Brits even eagerly searching for “British Chav” a lot, hmm, really…Indians liked
wives, teachers and aunties; the Japanese liked school girls and teens; the French wanted
French porn; Germans liked a bit of dirty talk, and the Italians search for Italians. We guess these are insular countries in terms
of sex. But in many countries the top search term
was the nationality of that country. The terms with the biggest rise were cuckold,
Japanese and Indian. As for our gay friends, their top searches
were Japanese, Korean, straight first time and straight friend. Women’s faves were lesbian, lesbian scissoring
and threesome. We had to look up “scissoring”. Told you we were innocent. Virtual Reality Porn became more popular and
the most searched for porn star was someone called Riley Reid. Hmm, we’ve never heard of her, but we bet
some of you have. The next most searched for porn stars or just
hot women were Mia Khalifa, Lisa Ann, Kim Kardashian, Sunny Leone and Brandi Love. The most popular male stars were Jordi El
Nino Polla, Mandingo, and Rocco Siffredi. Lastly Pornhub writes, “25 to 34 year olds
make up 32% of Pornhub’s visitors. Viewers between the ages of 18 and 24 made
up 29% of our entire viewership in 2017.” 35 to 44 was 17 percent and 55 plus just 11
percent. We are told that if you wanted to watch every
video, it would take the average American two average lifetimes to see them, so don’t
even try. As for countries where the most people are
watching Pornhub, the top was of course the USA, followed by the UK, then India, then
Japan, then Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Italy and Brazil. In all, the average time spent on the site
was 9 minutes and 59 seconds on every visit. The countries that spent most time per visit
were The Philippines (average 13 mins 28 seconds), South Africa (11 mins 02 seconds, USA (10
mins 33 seconds) and Canada (10 mins 10 seconds). Even in banned countries, users found a way
to get around the block. As for when people like to be alone with their
videos, it might not be surprising to some of you that 10 pm until 1 am was the most
popular time-slot for sexual entertainment. Most people did this, by far, on their phones,
with desktop next and then tablet. Chrome was the go-to browser for half of the
users, followed by Internet Explorer and Firefox. Ok, enough stats. What is all this worth? Oh gosh, we just searched for that and accidentally
opened a page of porn animation called Fair Market Value. Some say Pornhub is worth around four billion
dollars. The company doesn’t post its annual profits,
but people guess. One such person said the company pulls in
1.3 billion dollars a month, which is just silly talk. It’s a private company, so it’s hard to
know. Another said the company was worth about one
billion and in 2015 was earning about $629,668,000. We are told by the mainstream media that Mind
Geek, that owns Pornhub as well as You Porn, RedTube, Tube8, Reality Kings and other big
sites, has revenues of about 500 million a year. We certainly have come a long way from watching
flickering women inside a mutoscope or painting depictions of fellatio on Roman vases. The trick was bringing porn home; no more
hidden magazines or taking care of biological needs in a public cinema. And Pornhub is king of the online sexual jungle,
in part because it’s made itself open to the public and is not ashamed of what it does. Maybe Pornhub is trying to undo a taboo, or
perhaps there is still a long way to go. It seems porn is here to stay, although it
will always be somewhat controversial. Do you think it benefits society, or do you
think we should turn our backs on porn, or at least watch it less? Will we become more immersed in porn as technology
develops? Is that a problem? Tell us what you think about this subject
in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
What Happens to Your Body While You Are Having Sex?. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

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