Tracking Porn

The folks at Sexualitics are doing some very interesting research (Sexualitics)

The folks at Sexualitics are doing some very interesting research (Sexualitics)

Have you ever wondered about the popularity of pornography and the search terms most often used to find it online?

Me neither, but the math experts, computer scientists, sociologists and demographic experts at the French-based group Sexualitics have. And what they’ve discovered is pretty interesting.

Before I share any of their results, I should explain that Sexualitics “tries to contribute to human sexuality understanding through a Big Data approach.” Basically, they created something called Porngram, a tool that “maps the evolution of word frequencies in the titles of almost 800,000 porn videos.” From 2007 to February 2013, Porngram used every video uploaded to the adult site xHamster and mapped the search tags people used to determine their rates of popularity.

Here are some of the things they discovered.

Cougars beware! (Porngram)

Cougars beware! (Porngram)

Any “cougars” in the crowd should watch out because it looks like interest in older women is skyrocketing…

Teens can breathe easier, but interest in mature naked people is slowly creeping back up (Porngram)

Teens can breathe easier, but interest in mature naked people is slowly creeping back up (Porngram)

… which is a little strange considering interest in “mature” content is waning. I suppose people like mature women, but could care less about watching a bunch of old dudes “hanging out”… if you know what I mean.

Teens were safe for a while, but interest seems to be growing once again. Could this help explain why so many teachers are being arrested for having sexual relations with their teenage students? Better yet, should we be worried that growing interest in teens may result in more cases like these? I certainly hope not.

It isn't a party unless people come (Porngram)

It isn’t a party unless people come (Porngram)

Collaboration also seems to be a high-interest porn tag, at least in terms of 3-way action. The more, the merrier!

Coping with a breakup should end in counseling, not posting dirty pictures of your ex (Porngram)

Coping with a breakup should end in counseling, not posting dirty pictures of your ex online (Porngram)

Unfortunately, revenge porn also seems to be on the rise. Obviously some people have serious problems dealing with breakups and think exposing their “exes” online is the best way to cope. Misguided is the first word that comes to my mind… after sad, that is.

Some people like keeping things in the family... freaks (Porngram)

Some people like keeping things in the family… freaks (Porngram)

Family members seem to be safe from porn searches—all but sisters, that is. And if their mothers are MILFs, things get even sketchier!

A rising economy means rising interest in banging co-workers and supervisors (Porngram)

A rising economy means rising interest in banging co-workers and supervisors (Porngram)

Interest in secretaries and bosses also seems to be on the rise, which doesn’t surprise me much. Men have always fantasized about sex with secretaries—heterosexual men, I mean. And the rising interest in bosses may be the result of out-of-work people finally securing employment… and then wanting to thank their employers in a physical and often slippery way. It stands to reason.

Hardcore love for people who love hardcore (Porngram)

Hardcore love for people who love hardcore (Porngram)

Perhaps the most positive data involves hardcore porn—which appears to be leveling out—and love—which seems to be booming, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, too!

Of course, searching for love on a porn site will produce results less romantic and more kinky, but at least the right sentiment is there.

I hope you found this information as interesting as I did. And if you’re someone who frequently searches for pornography online, please consider a visit to xHamster. That way next year’s data may be even more interesting than what I’ve shared here. And who knows…. maybe bloggers will someday be a popular tag.

One can only hope!

Posted on February 7, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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