Staggering Statistics About The Adult Film Industry

There’s no denying it; porn is everywhere! In today’s technologically advanced society it has never been easier to find and watch a specific genre of porn online; from webcamming sessions and DVD feature releases to fetish web clips and solo photo sets; the possibilities are endless. After all, as Damon Brown, author of Playboy’s Greatest Covers once stated;

“It seems so obvious: If we invent a machine, the first thing we are going to do–after making a profit–is use it to watch porn”.

So if you’ve always been intrigued about the size and scale of the adult entertainment industry, the most popular search terms and average viewer trends, then you’ve come to the right place! Listed below are some of the most staggering statistics about porn and the adult film industry;



In 2016 a Year In Review infographic for the vast global adult film network PornHub demonstrated that;

  • 3,110,400,000 GB of bandwidth was used to view porn via PornHub in 2016,
  • 99GB of adult web content was streamed via PornHub per second and 6TB of adult web content was streamed per minute,
  • Over 91,980,225,000 videos were viewed on PornHub in 2016 which is equivalent to every single person on Earth watching 12.5 videos!
  • Over 23 billion visits were made to PornHub in 2016; amounting to over 64 million a day, 2.6 million per hour, 44,000 per minute and 729 per second,
  • The most searched for term on PornHub throughout 2016 waslesbian; followed closely bystepmomandMILF.



Extensive research carried out by WebRoot has concluded that;

  • Every second 372 people are typing the word “adult” into search engines,
  • 35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography,
  • 25% of all search engine queries are related to pornography which is roughly 68 million search queries a day,
  • 2.5 billion emails sent or received every day contain pornographic content,
  • Every 39 minutes a new pornography video is being created in the United States.


Huffington Post

According to a survey carried out by the Huffington Post;

  • At least 30% of all data transferred across the Internet is porn-related,
  • YouPorn, one of the larger video porn sites, streams six times the bandwidth as Hulu,
  • Porn sites receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon & Twitter combined each month,
  • 2 out of 3 HR professionals have found porn on employees’ work computers,
  • The average time spent on a porn site is 12 minutes and the average viewer visits these sites approximately 5 times a month,
  • Porn viewers are 70% men vs. 30% women.


Grab Stats

Over the years, data collected by Grab Stats has revealed that;

  • Every minute $184,500 is spent on porn,
  • Every second $3,075.64 is being spent on porn,
  • 24% of smart phone owners admit to having pornographic material on their mobile handset,
  • 40 million US adults surveyed have admitted to regularly visiting porn websites,
  • Every second 28,258 Internet users are viewing porn,
  • The number one search term used on Internet search engines issex‘,
  • 70% of men aged 18-34 years old visit a porn site in a typical month,
  • 25% of all search results are for porn,
  • 44% of U.S. workers with an internet connection admitted to accessing an X-rated website whilst at work, compared to 40% of home users and 59% of University users.


Statistics Brain

According to data research carried out by Statistics Brain in March 2016;

  • Approximately 11,000 adult films are released each year,
  • The adult film industry generates an annual revenue of $13.3 billion; with $3.62 billion coming from video sales and rentals, $2.84 billion coming from adult websites, $2.19 billion coming from cable/PPV/phone sex, $2 billion coming from exotic dance clubs, $1.73 billion coming from novelties and $0.95 billion coming from magazine sales,
  • 55% of adults view adult film rentals in hotel rooms with an average viewing time of 12 minutes,
  • 87% of University students have had sex over webcams or via sexting,
  • 60% of website visits are sexual in nature,
  • 25% of adults have watched an adult film in the past year,
  • 33% of adult site visitors are women and 17% of women surveyed view adult sites regularly,
  • There are 72 million unique visits to adult websites each month,
  • 46% of adult site visitors are married and 66% surveyed state that porn has not lowered their sexual activity with their partner.


Amy Stone

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