Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MySpace and Facebook Are Killing Porn...

Here is one of the more interesting nuggets I came across in the wee hours this morning. According to a new book titled, Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why it Matters by Bill Tancer, as the use of social-networking sites has increased the past few years, there has been a corresponding decrease in the number of searches for pornography.

Are MySpace and Facebook really killing porn?

Stan Schroeder of Mashable raises another interesting question: Is the reason for porn's decline simply 1) "that young users spend so much time on social networks that they don’t have time to look at adult sites", or 2) "that the interest for porn hasn’t declined, but the lack of time simply has made everyone more efficient at finding it - and perhaps less picky"?

This is a somewhat academic inquiry because common sense suggests that online porn isn't going away anytime soon. For litmus-test-style proof, just ask any 13-year-old boy if he'd rather play on Facebook or look at nudie pictures. It's a no-brainer. But if the data cited is accurate, it's a pretty fascinating development nevertheless.
  

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