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What do people in Utah (apparently) and Republicans have in common? Now, that’s a conundrum if ever you have heard one! The clock is ticking away and I guess you still haven’t found the answer. Apparently according to research carried out on the porn industry and how much it is actually worth, shows that Utah has the highest subscriber rate for the entire country. Jeez! There are also 23 states where people are recorded as watching more porn online than in any other state in the country (16 of which voted for Mitt Romney in the last Presidential elections). But if we are to believe that this is the heartland and the homeland where the ‘real Americans’ are grown like corn on the cob and fed on real US beefy-buffalo meat roaming on the range, then we have something very revealing about both the politics and the past-times of people in the country. The porn industry is big business. Size definitely counts, apparently.

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The porn industry may be worth billions, but it’s hard to grasp just how much of it is actually true. The porn industry is vastly unreliable in coming clean about how much they actually really make and you could probably take the sum’s being banged out and double them at least. Today, some say that the value of the porn industry is roughly $3 billion in the USA and that’s the conservative figure. The upper end of the scale reaches some $13 billion these days.

  • In 1998 Forrester Research and the New York Times estimated that it was worth $10 billion.
  • Forbes Magazine stated in 2001 that it was no more than $3.9 billion.
  • TopTenReviews carried out research in 2005 and estimated that it was worth $13.3 billion.

It seems as if there’s something for everyone in there somehow.

Nobody has been able to put their finger on the exact figure or agree as to what porn is or even what to include or drop from their research. Even if we were to take the average figure, we would end up with something like $9 billion - which is just under what JP Morgan will end up paying to the US government for its lead role in the Wall-Street –Broadwayishepic show called ‘we caused the housing bubble’ that played to the masses in 2007-2008. That’s a princely sum for the industry, and very little for JP Morgan.

Back in 1975, the industry was estimated at only $5-10 million. But, according to the industry itself, the figure is notoriously hard these days as everybody inflates their figures to make themselves look better.

  • About 13% of web searches are for content that is classified as ‘erotic’ or of a ‘sexual nature’.
  • About 4% of web sites are related to the sex industry.
  • That might not seem as much as the dizzy figures that turned heads in the nineties or the noughties which were topping 30%, but they are more realistic of an industry that has grown over the years.

The average person visiting a site (non-pornographic) on the internet remains on that site for roughly 6 minutes. Porn visitors stay on their favorite site for between 15 and 20 minutes on average.

Sport, Cataclysms and Pornography

There are few things that will apparently take people away from surfing on porn sites these days. According to PornHub and their international survey on how people surfed the net on their site during major world events shows that people are only willing to forego it when there is an event that is bigger and better.

  • When the Olympic Games opening ceremony took place, there was a 27%-drop in traffic on the site from UK users.
  • The same people were watching the closing ceremony as the 27%-drop was seen again on that evening.
  • The 2012 Super Bowl brought about a 22%-fall in the number of connections to the site in the USA.
  • Football-mad Spain dropped by 35% and Italy by 40% on the night of the Euro 2012 Final.
  • There was a 7%-drop in figures when the death of Osama Bin Laden was announced in the USA.
  • New Year’s Eve 2012 saw a 34%-decrease in the connections to the site in the USA and 48% in the UK.
  • The French stopped connection at the rate of 60%.
  • The Germans topped them all with a drop to the tune of 66%.

Apparently, according to the site as soon as the events were over, there was a spike in traffic.

In April 2013 Iceland proposed to ban access to online porn entirely for its citizens.

In the UK, David Cameron suggested that he would firewall pornography unless households specifically asked to have access to it on the internet to every home in July this year.

Banning anything is probably not the solution to whatever the problem may be.

Changing mentalities might be a better idea if porn is degrading to one sex or the other. Enforcing a firewall is tantamount to choosing for the people rather than allowing them to choose for themselves. Since when did banning make anything disappear? It just goes underground and then resurfaces somewhere down the line a lot later on. Anyhow, the definition of degrading sexual content is difficult to enshrine in a law that covers a clear-cut delimitation.

It seems hard to believe that any government would manage to get rid of pornography from the internet these days and let alone eradicate it from our societies. Not when it is worth such big business. The only thing that will keep the masses occupied is sport, or another prediction that there end of the world is nigh.

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