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Porn Watching Habits By State

Everybody knows that at any given moment all across the United States millions and millions of men and women (but who are we kidding…it’s mostly men) are watching free porn on their phones, tablets, and laptops. But what are they watching exactly? How perverse are Americans exactly? To answer this question, the world’s most popular pornographic website PornHub.com partnered with deep web data mining cowboys Vocativ to analyze the most commonly searched for terms state-by-state during the month of January in 2016. The results are both surprising and also reassuring in a funny sort of way.

Well, as it turns out most dudes are jerking off to porno that’s categorized as being “lesbian”. That girl-on-girl action is popular isn’t surprising per se, but the fact that it is so popular (it was the search term that ranked the highest in thirty states) does raise some eyebrows. Amongst the ten states with the most Pornhub viewers, “lesbian” was what was searched for the most in all but two of these states. The state with the most eyeballs on Pornhub in January was California, where “Lesbian” was typed into the search more than 187,000 times over the course of the month.

More on the Study

The study also revealed that “Ebony” was the most searched for term in Mississippi, Georgia, and Delaware, while the majority of Hawaiian masturbators prefer porn that features at least one sexy “Asian”. What’s reassuring about the results of this study is that they fortunately did not reveal that a disturbingly large number of viewers are seeking out pornography that’s labelled as “incest” or “bestiality” or is otherwise depraved. Nonetheless, what do Montana,Wyoming, Minnesota, Ohio, and Maine all have in common when it comes to Pornhub watching habits? According to the data gathered by Vocative, the term “step sister” was searched for more than any other. As for “step mom”, that topped the charts in Washington State, Alaska, South Dakota, Kentucky, and New Hampshire. What’s up with that?

Around the Corner

Neighboring states Arkansas and Tennessee returned “cartoon” as the most sought after style of porn. So is it a Southern thing? Perhaps not, as Nebraska and Vermont both has that as the top search term as well. What is unclear is whether those typing in cartoon were after the more bizarre Hentai or silly pornographic parodies of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy”.

So, at the end of the day the pornosphere is mainly centered on videos of girls doing girls. What does this say about sexuality in 2016? How is the ubiquity and accessibility of free online pornography affecting the sexual development of youths? How is it affecting the sexual functioning of adults? These are still important and open questions, and the data provided by this landmark study does not give any particular insight into how to answer them.

Wrap Up

Hopefully Pornhub and Vocative will repeat this study periodically in order to see if these trends hold steady or if these particular results from January 2016 were spurious. (Incidently, Vocative as an organization is extremely interesting and well worth looking into for anyone interested in the media in the age of big data). Until then, let’s just take this opportunity to remind you to clear your browser history just in case your wife or girlfriend logs onto your machine!