30 Percent of All Internet Traffic Is Porn, Report Claims

Is the whole world using porn sites? Biggest one gets over four billion hits a month and it was counted that 30% of all web traffic is porn.

Xvideos, the largest porn site on the web with 4.4 billion page views per month, is three times the size of CNN or ESPN, and twice the size of Reddit. LiveJasmin isn’t much smaller. Photo: Sexxxchurch/Flickr

The new report claims that a staggering 30 per cent of all internet traffic is pornography. The biggest porn site on the web – Xvideos – receives 4.4billion page views and 350million unique visits per month, according to a report on the ExtremeTech website.

As The Daily Mail writes, the only sites that eclipse this in size are the likes of Google and Facebook. The researchers uncovered the viewing figures for Xvideos from Google’s DoubleClick Ad Planner, which uses cookies to gather information about users.

It then used these figures – and actual data from the third biggest porn site, YouPorn – to extrapolate how much data is being transferred out of the site’s servers.

“The main difference between porn and non-porn sites is the average duration of a visit: For a news site like Engadget or ExtremeTech, an average visit is usually between three and six minutes; enough time to read one or two stories. The average time spent on a porn site, however, is between 15 and 20 minutes,” explains Extreme Tech.

Considering these sites provides videos, even if they are low resolution videos — hey it’s not like the production value is the main draw — a vast amount of data is being hosted.

“When you load the ExtremeTech home page, you’re talking about a couple of megabytes, and then maybe 500 kilobytes if you load an article,” reads Extreme Tech article.

“When you stream porn, assuming a low resolution of 480×200, you’re looking at around 100 kilobytes per second — which, over 15 minutes, is around 90 megabytes.”

A spokeperson for YouPorn, the second biggest sex site, told reporters that the site has about 100 million page views a day and transfers 950 terabytes daily. That’s the equivalent of 10 dual-layer DVDs per second.

Basing on these data, the researchers estimated that around 29 petabytes of pornography is being transferred a month, or 50 gigabytes per second.

At peak times, it speculates that Xvideos is streaming one terabyte per second, which is one fifteenth of the total amount of connectivity between London and New York.

ExtremeTech suggested that YouPorn accounts for two per cent of internet traffic, with 30 per cent of all web traffic being pornography related.

By the way, earlier this year thousands of YouPorn users were attacked and had their personal passwords and emails leaked online by hackers.

In total, 6433 users of the YouPorn chat site were exposed after a third-party service provider failed to secure data, its owner reported.

Email address and password combinations were published on the website Pastebin, while some appeared to be fake or inactive.

Еhat time, Brad Black, the vice-president of operations at YouPorn, put the leak down to “poor security practices” at YP Chat. He said: : “The security of our users’ information has always been of paramount importance to us.”

He kept on talking: “The fact that a third-party service provider’s poor security practices could have such a negative impact on YouPorn users is disheartening to say the least.”

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