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Mind-blowing Facts about Business of Porn

Mind-blowing Facts about Business of Porn
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Sex has been on the human mind since centuries. Porn is just a recent invention.

Here are some facts related to the business of porn industry
• 12% of the websites (4.2 Million pornographic websites) on the internet are pornographic.
• According to safefamilies.org, more than 70% of male internet users aged 18-34 visit a porn site in a month.
• The entire worldwide porn industry is worth a mind blowing $4.9 billion!
• At any second in the day, there are at least 30,000,000 unique visitors viewing porn.
• Every Second $3,075.64 is spent on pornography

There’s more to Business of Porn.

“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. When the projector was invented roughly a century ago, the first movies were not of damsels in distress tied to train tracks or Charlie Chaplin-style slapsticks; they were stilted porn shorts called stag films. You name it, pornography planted its big flag there first, or at least shortly thereafter”

 – Damon Brown,13 author of Porn and Pong and Playboy’s Greatest Covers

Oh wait, there are more Mind-blowing Facts about Business of Porn.

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VHS

Porn lead the way for technological adoption in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the advent of the VCR. Prior to VHS, you could only see two naked people either in an X-rated movie theatre with ~50 other men or if you had really good neighbors. VCR allowed people to consume pornography in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.


But VHS had a competitor back then. During the 1970s, Betamax and VHS battled over which home viewing technology would reign supreme. Sony’s Betamax had a wide format made for better quality recordings, but each tape only held 60 minutes of footage — as compared to the three hours of footage VHS held. That meant people couldn’t tape their favorite movies on TV or experience three full hours of pornographic movies.  Plus, There is a claim that adult content was not available on Betamax (possibly because Sony would not allow it) while it was becoming readily available on VHS.
(Similar to VHS, Blu-Ray simply held more information as compared to DVDs and hence Blu-Ray’s victory was ultimately decided when the porn industry started using Blu-Ray as the standard for high-definition.)

Digital Porn

Before the birth of the web, at around late 1980’s and early 1990’s, digital pornography made its way onto people’s computers through the Bulletin Board Systems (BBS).

BBS included dialing in to other people’s computer and browsing around to see what games, files and programs he had shared with you. The intention was to share software, but pornographic images soon followed.
Sysops soon found the most popular sorts of files people were looking for were porn files. So they scanned old collections of Playboy or Penthouse, and built up a library of images that people were looking for and by August 1996, 5 of the ten most popular newsgroups were adult oriented; and one, alt.sex, reportedly served half a million users every day.

Sex.com was the first porn website registered on 18-Oct-1995.

Porn over WWW came soon after the invention of the World Wide Web. Many of the first porn websites were simply BBS operators that moved their collections of pictures online. And by the early 2000s there were more than 3,000 porn sites, most of them tiny though.



Porn websites were the first to offer ‘online payment systems’.

That led to the creation on Amazon, iTunes and others. For example, during the bad old years of the internet, porn sites were the only places that asked you to pay for stuff online: Viewing content via fee-based subscriptions, credit card verification and internet billing systems all originated with and were perfected by porn. They used  to make customers of phone-sex lines punch in a credit-card number to prove they were not minors and hence were better prepared for e-commerce.

Digital Cameras

The porn industry also gave rise to the digital camera industry (thank you again, pornography!).

The marketing strategy of digital camera makers was simple and with a clear message. With the digital cameras, you could safely take tons of naked pics and not have to go to the local pharmacist to have your film developed. And they succeeded by positioning their products as handy  cameras with pictures which remain just to the users.

Current Stats

The current size of the pornographic industry is difficult to determine as most of the industry is privately owned and there are no agreed- upon definitions for adult content. (Playboy magazine call themselves as men’s magazine rather than an adult magazine). But still, global porn revenues, in 2007, were estimated to be $20 billion, with $10 billion in the US. With around 42,337 sex related (recognised) sites, it’s the only e-commerce product which is consistently doing well.

There is even an annual award show- AVN Movie awards, hosted by Adult Video News, commonly called the Oscars of pornography industry (More Business of Porn). It hosts between 25,000 and 30,000 attendees each year.


Economy, technology, art, psychology, science, commerce, and anything you can think of has its business related to porn. It’s such an integral part of the system that it cannot be ignored.

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A marketer, a dreamer, a traveler and a philomath. I prefer stargazing to spending nights in clubs.

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