[iDC] Fwd: [Air-L] facebook more popular than porn?

Kimberly De Vries cuuixsilver at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 19:00:45 UTC 2007

Maybe an interesting addition to our discussion of Netporn.  I'm still
contemplating my own personal response, but so far it seems to so
little match the terms of the discussion, I can think of where to even


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Charles Ess <charles.ess at gmail.com>
Date: Nov 13, 2007 10:51 AM
Subject: [Air-L] facebook more popular than porn?
To: "air-l at listserv.aoir.org" <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>

Readers of Time Magazine must have noted the claim by Bill Tancer:

> Visits to porn sites have dropped from 16.9% of all site visits in the U.S. in
> October 2005 to 11.9% as of last week, a 33% decline. Currently, for web users
> over the age of 25, Adult Entertainment still ranks high in popularity, coming
> in second, after search engines. Not so for 18- to 24-year-olds, for whom
> social networks rank first, followed by search engines, then web-based e-mail
> ‹ with porn sites lagging behind in fourth. If you chart the rate of visits to
> social-networking sites against those to adult sites over the last two years,
> there appears to be a strong negative correlation (i.e., visits to social
> networks go up as visits to adult sites go down). It's a leap to say there's a
> real correlation there, but if there is one, then I'd bet it has everything to
> do with Gen Y's changing habits: they're too busy chatting with friends to
> look at online skin. Imagine.

He's drawing on data from his own company, Hitwise -

the full story is available online:


thoughts and comments?

- charles

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