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In which I support two previous points

I wrote earlier the statistical decline in porn site traffic relative to other sites. Yet another article has popped up, this time in TIME magazine, scratching its head over the same phenomenon. Here are the statistics, according to Hitwise (an Internet traffic tracking site):

Visits to porn sites have dropped from 16.9% of all site visits in the U.S. in October 2005 to 11.9% as of last week, a 33% decline. Currently, for web users over the age of 25, Adult Entertainment still ranks high in popularity, coming in second, after search engines. Not so for 18- to 24-year-olds, for whom social networks rank first, followed by search engines, then web-based e-mail — with porn sites lagging behind in fourth.

The TIME article's author is "puzzled" over the habits of the youth today, who seem to be less interested in porn than were Internet devotees in days of yore. That would be an interesting story, if it were true. But it isn't--at least, this data does not prove the point the author would like to make. Instead, what is likely going on is the Internet is becoming a more and more useful tool in everyday life, and people are using it for more than its original purpose (porn). Furthermore young people's lives are basically run by social networking sites (which are rather pornographic themselves...), so it makes sense that these sites would hold the top spot for web traffic. In other words, people aren't necessarily consuming less pornography; they are just consuming other stuff in addition to pornography.

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In other news, Holland's banks have now joined the mass of stake-weilding villagers storming the Porn empire which once took such good care of them.

The report, brought to us via Pro-Porn Activism:

In a letter to Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin, the National Association of Dutch Sex Companies says banks no longer want to do business with them. The letter says the banks intend to close existing accounts and refuse to open new ones. The banks involved are ABN AMRO, Fortis, ING, SNS and the Rabobank. Only the Postbank has refused to join the boycott.

Once again, we are seeing the actions which keep the porn and sex industries in the "porn ghetto," as I like to call it. I'm surprised that the Netherlands (with its good reputation for tolerating sex) would join the larger movement, but I suppose no one's immune to the lure of a defenseless scapegoat.


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