Facebook outstrips Pornography for UK web users.

To be honest, this is not the topic that I thought I’d blogging about when I got into work this morning – pornography. But it’s one of those things that we all know exists, we’ve probably all looked at it at some point or another, and it’s a massive global business. After all, the only reason that we continue to populate this planet is because we, as a species, keep having sex. It’s the most basic of human urges, and one that has been making money for millenia. So as with pretty much everything these days, it has an online presence, and an insanely large one at that.

But now in the UK, it transpires that social networking is more popular than pornography on the internet. Figures from research company Experian Hitwise show that sites like Facebook accounted for 12.46% of all online traffic. Contrast that with entertainment websites, including pornographic ones, that accounted for 12.18% of traffic.

In the UK at least, it is the first time that social networks have exceeded entertainment related sites, in terms of popularity, with Facebook accounting for 56% of social networking traffic. When you think about it, it’s not totally unexpected. The likes of Facebook target a much broader age range, and access is not restricted in the same way that pornographic sites would be on a family computer for example.

Wow, just over 200 words about Facebook and porn without a single reference to ‘poking’… Oops, there it is. (Sorry, just had to slip it in there).