Pornhub Data of 2015: By The Numbers

Pornhub Insights 2015 Year in Review (Pornhub Insights)

Pornhub Insights 2015 Year in Review (Pornhub Insights)

I always love it when certain tech companies release their user data for the general public’s education/amusement. Last week, we learned about OkCupid stats. This week, it’s Pornhub.

Pornhub is pretty good about releasing user insights (see their recent post on activity during winter storm Jonas), and their year-end data, released last month, is no exception. The following numbers are just what I found most interesting, and you can read the full report on Pornhub’s Insights blog (NSFW, BTW).

Amount of bandwidth used: 1,892 petabytes (PBs)

  • Context: 1 PB = 1,000 terabytes (TB) = 1,000,000 gigabytes (GB), i.e. that’s a hell of a lot of data

Average visit duration (U.S. only): 9 minutes, 51 seconds

Pornhub 2015 Year in Review: Hourly Traffic Worldwide (Pornhub Insights)

Pornhub 2015 Year in Review: Hourly Traffic Worldwide (Pornhub Insights)

Most popular search term worldwide: lesbian

Top pornstar: Kim Kardashian

Top term searched more in 2015 than in 2014: giantess (+1,091%)

Pornhub 2015 Year in Review: Women - Worldwide Traffic (Pornhub Insights)

Pornhub 2015 Year in Review: Women – Worldwide Traffic (Pornhub Insights)

Country with highest proportion of female users: Jamaica (44%)

Country with highest proportion of female users: Japan (17%)

Average age of Pornhub users: 35.3 years

Pornhub 2015 Year in Review: Traffic by Device Worldwide (Pornhub Insights)

Pornhub 2015 Year in Review: Traffic by Device Worldwide (Pornhub Insights)

Most popular mobile operating system (OS): Android (49.7%)

Most popular desktop browser: Chrome (48.9%)

 

This is all so fascinating to me, and I hope you feel the same!

 

#ThrowbackThursday: Pornhub Data during Winter Storm Jonas, 2015

Pornhub Stats: Traffic during Winter Storm Jonas (Pornhub Insights)

Pornhub Stats: Traffic during Winter Storm Jonas (Pornhub Insights)

A few weeks ago, winter storm Jonas shut down a few cities on the East Coast. Naturally, people were going a little stir-crazy. The good people at Pornhub delved into the data, examining how the traffic was affected as opposed to a regular weekend. For the full report, hit Pornhub’s post on the site’s Insights blog (NSFW, as you probably guessed).

What were PornHub’s Top Search Terms of 2014?

PornHub Top Gaining U.S. Search Terms in 2014 (Mic)

PornHub Top Gaining U.S. Search Terms in 2014 (Mic)

Happy Friday! Ever wonder which keywords are commonly searched on porn sites (and maybe how your personal preferences stack up)? You know you were, so read on!

PornHub recently released data compiled from users for all of 2014. Further proving that 2014 was The Year of The Booty, search term “big booty” showed an increase of 486% year-over-year (YoY). (Unfortunately, PornHub didn’t release any actual numbers so we could gauge the, uh, size of their traffic.)

Appetites for larger sizes peppered the list: In addition to “big booty,” “big tits” landed in second position with a 410% increase (YoY). “BBW” sits in fifth place with a 235% increase YoY.

Users also searched for porn relating to lesbian sex and people of color. “Lesbians scissoring” had a 245% increase YoY, and “lesbian” closed out the list at #10 with 81% increase YoY. Regarding ethnicity, “latina” placed third with 314% increase YoY. Black women were represented with the aforementioned “bbw” and also with “ebony,” which had a 207% increase YoY.

The UK Bans Certain Sex Acts in Porn

Handcuffs, a.k.a. "physical restraint" (Fleshlight)

Handcuffs, a.k.a. “physical restraint” (Fleshlight)

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom enacted a ban on certain sex acts in porn. The ban amends the 2003 Communications Act, which previously sketched in “unacceptable” acts as ones associated with violence and abuse.

Now, the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) has narrowed down their lists of “good” and “bad” sexual acts to very specific, fetish-focused ones. Per “The Independent:”

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

The acts listed under “content that is not acceptable” includes a variety of BDSM-related activities, age-play, and female ejaculation. Almost all of the sex acts listed are included under the BBFC’s “Restricted 18” rating, which means that the films can only be shown at licensed adult cinemas and sex shops.

Now this only applies to porn made within the UK, and porn made outside its bounds is totally fair game to have any of these “unacceptable” acts. I have to wonder if this will lead to a rise in Brits importing their porn to see these now-illicit acts. Now foreign porn production houses can get themselves piece of that hardcore caning action:

Pornhub's UK Banned Porn Content Table (The Independent)

Pornhub’s UK Banned Porn Content Table (The Independent)

(Side note: I’d love to know how these nine acts were agreed upon. And how female ejaculation made its way in. It doesn’t seem to fit with the overall theme of violence and pain the rest of the entries have. Seriously, what’s up with that?!)

The UK has had a long, uncomfortable history attempting to regulate porn. (Robert Rosen’s “Independent” article provides some enlightening historical context.) The country only legalized hardcore porn in 2000, about 30 years after the rest of the Western world. And you’d be considered a criminal for possessing “non-realistic sexual images of a minor,” or, in popular parlance, cartoon porn.

This ruling certainly changes the game for British porn producers and consumers, so it’ll be interesting to watch how its landscape changes over time. Who knows, Britain could, at some point, enact a law dictating that only a certain amount of porn can be imported at any given time. After all, Pelchat’s amendment worked for French radio.