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What are people looking at online? One word: porn

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The world's biggest porn site, Pornhub, has issued its yearly report and the figures therein (traffic, not humans) are something for which every publisher on the face of the Earth would kill.

The site saw 33.5 billion visits, a number that assumes gigantic proportions (no pun intended) when one takes into account the fact that the population of the planet is about 7.5 billion.

Visits from Australian IPs were ninth in the list of countries. The US was at the top by a big margin from the UK, followed by India, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Philippines.

Average daily visits were 92.5 million and the report said that was now up to 100 million, meaning that it was akin to the entire populations of Canada, Poland and Australia visiting the site every day.

The site handled 30.3 billion searches, or 962 searches per second. The report says Pornhub's amateurs, models and content partners uploaded 4.79 million new videos which worked out to more than a million hours of screentime.

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To put that in perspective, the report said: "If you were to start watching 2018’s videos after the Wright brother’s first flight in 1903, you would still be watching them today 115 years later!"

There was a total of 4403 petabytes of data transferred by the site, or about 575MB of data for every citizen of Planet Earth. Looking at in terms of time, that meant 147GB per second, 529,900GB per hour or 12,700,800 GB per day, meaning more bandwidth than consumed by the entire Internet in 2002.

The most watched video on the site remains one detailing the antics of one Kim Kardashian, clocking in at 195 million views. The report said 63,992 new visitors visitied the site every minute, 207,405 videos were watched, with 55 being of the Kardashian video, and 57,750 searches were carried out.

Each minute 12 new videos and two hours of content were uploaded while 7708 GB of data was transferred globally.

US President Donald Trump, whose presence is visible in many areas worldwide, is not forgotten on the site, with the name of his one-time mate, Stormy Daniels, being the top star searched for in 2018. Daniels was the 671st ranked star among search terms the previous year, making it a meteoric rise (again, no pun intended).

The full report is here.

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Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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