Friday, November 02, 2007

Facebook: More Popular Than Porn

From Article: (my comments in Red)
Perhaps a more interesting — and more accurate — way to figure out where college students are going online is to assess which of the 172 web categories tracked by Hitwise get the most hits from 18- to 24-year-olds. Here's a shocker: Porn is not No. 1. I've actually been puzzled by the decrease in visits to the Adult Entertainment category over the last two years. [What exactly is there to puzzle over? Is porn so deeply entrenched in our society that it is difficult to think that people might be interested in doing something else? I don't think it is something to puzzle over. I almost think it is something to celebrate.] 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. Why do I have have the strange sense that the writer is lamenting porn not being number 1 in people's lives? If you chart the rate of visits to social-networking sites against those to adult sites over the last two years, there appears to be a strong negative correlation (i.e., visits to social networks go up as visits to adult sites go down). It's a leap to say there's a real correlation there [No, correlation is correct. There is certainly a relation between social network visits and adult site visits as you have pointed out in your investigation. This correlation might be a mere coincidence. Like the strange correlative statistic that says when ice cream sale increase so do armed robberies. Now this too is a correlation, but it is not a causation. Ice cream is not causing armed robberies. The question the writer is asking is one of causation and not correlation, as he wants to know whether or not the increase in Social Network visits is causing the decrease in porn site visits. I would think so.], but if there is one, then I'd bet it has everything to do with Gen Y's changing habits: they're too busy chatting with friends to look at online skin. Imagine. [Yeah, imagine. People more interested in communicating with one another instead of using one another. Go figure.]

1 comment:

Megan said...

I really appreciate that you are not in support of porn and its negative effects. I know this seems odd to say since it feels obvious to me, but I wanted you to know anyway. It just always feel good to see that there are strong males out there who don't want it either.

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