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Our insatiable appetite for online porn

London - Researchers have discovered that a staggering 30 percent of all internet traffic is pornography.

The biggest porn site on the web – Xvideos – receives 4.4 billion page views and 350 million unique visits a month, according to a report on the ExtremeTech website.

An arrest has been made in connection with the controversial fish-crush porn video titled Squishing Nemo. Credit: supplied

The only sites that surpass this in size are the likes of Google and Facebook.

The report 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.

And it’s a huge amount.

It based the first calculation on the average length of time spent on Xvideos, which is 15 minutes, and assumed a low resolution video was being streamed.

From this it estimated that around 29 petabytes of pornography is being transferred a month, or 50 gigabytes per second.

However, it upped this estimate to 35 to 40PB a month after learning that YouPorn hosts over 100TB of porn, gets 100 million page views and transfers 950 terabytes a day.

That’s the equivalent of 10 dual-layer DVDs a second.

At peak times, it speculates that Xvideos is streaming 1 000 gigabytes per second (or one terabyte), which, the report points out, is one-fifteenth of the total amount of connectivity between London and New York.

The ExtremeTech investigation surmised that YouPorn accounts for two percent of internet traffic, with 30 percent of all web traffic being pornography related. – Daily Mail

THE BIGGEST PORN SITES:

XVideos – 4.4 billion page views a month

PornHub – 2.5 billion page views

YouPorn – 2.1 billion page views

Tube8 – 970 million page views

LiveJasmin – 710 million page views

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