Social networking > porn?

At least, that’s what Eric Qualman writes in his book Socialnomics. I found it pretty hard to believe, and I began to hum Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez’ fantastic tune (video below). So I did some digging and actually, I think (technically) Qualman may be wrong.

The difference between pornography sites and regular sites is the amount of time spent on each site. According to Mashable, on average, people spend 15 minutes total per day on Facebook. This is similar to the time one would spend watching pornography during one visit, with YouPorn claiming that people spend between 15 – 20 minutes on the site.

Youporn, one of the webs largest pornography sites, hosts over 100TB of videos, serving over 100 million page views per day. The site recently shared some data with ExtremeTech:

The Redis server deals with 300,000 queries per second, and between 8-15GB of data is logged every hour (visitor logs, behavior data, and so on). We’re told that this software stack should be capable of scaling up to 200 million views per day.

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To put that 800Gbps figure into perspective, the internet only handles around half an exabyte of traffic every day, which equates to around 50Tbps — in other words, a single porn site accounts for almost 2% of the internet’s total traffic. There are dozens of porn sites on the scale of YouPorn, and hundreds that are the size of ExtremeTech or your favorite news site. It’s probably not unrealistic to say that porn makes up 30% of the total data transferred across the internet.

Social networking sites mainly transfer text and images, which amount to way less data than what is transferred by watching videos on porn sites. Therefore, with the amount of data transferred taken into account, one could conclude that the internet really is for porn.

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2 Comments

  1. Mehrunes Dagon says:

    They put the quantity of data ahead the time spent. Good observation. Seven – 2 = 5. Wow, I am still smart. My mamma is so fat… she made me smart! :O

  2. celine says:

    Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last few posts have been kinda boring?I miss your great writings. Past several posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

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