30% of online traffic goes to porn

30% of Online Traffic Is Dedicated to Porn

In news that is sure to make Rick Santorum cold to his noughaty center, 30% of all online traffic at any given time is dedicated to viewing pornography.

Surprising? Because I kind of thought it’d be more than that. And so did Extremetech, the site that did the estimate, calling the 30% figure “conservative”. But perhaps a percentage needs some perspective too. The world’s biggest porn hub, Xvideos, pulls in 4.4 billion pageviews each month. That trumps CNN and ESPN three times over. That translates into huge data usage and traffic, since porn viewers tend to stay on a site for an average 15 to 20 minutes (before their significant-other catches them), and the sites offer videos, which eat up tons of bandwidth.

YouPorn, Web-users’ second-favorite porn site gets more than 100 million page views each day, serving up data at 100 gigs a second. Trouble wrapping your head around this? Think of it this way – the Internet moves only about an exabyte of data each day, there are perhaps countless YouPorn-sized websites running, and that’s how Extremetech gets the 30%.

Disturbing? Extremetech shrugs, tongue-in-cheek. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a fast internet connection must be in want of some porn,” they begin, wrapping up by stating a basic truth about the Internet we all love so dearly, “The Internet really is for porn.”

Sorry, Santorum. With 30% of the online traffic pumping out sexy, steamy porn, you’re going to have to revive SOPA to even scratch it, but we all know Anon will never let it happen.

Are you surprised? Did you think it’d be more or less? Leave us your estimate in the comments below.

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