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Pornhub releases its most-searched terms of 2016


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2016 was a strange year - and it shows in our porn habits, according to Pornhubs recently released stats.

With a year of turmoil in politics and the release of Pokemon Go, it’s perhaps unsurprising that some unusual keywords were trending. Amid the deaths of beloved celebrities and the deterioration of governments, people were more than ever turning to the internet to relieve their stress.

Last year a grand total of 92 billion videos were watched on Pornhub, at a rate of around four steamy vids per visitor, making it one of the site’s busiest on record.

So, who’s watching all this porn?

It’s you. Or it could be, with the UK streaming the second most videos worldwide.

We’re still wildly behind the US however, who managed to account for 40% of all Pornhub visits.

Also featuring in the top five were Canada, India and Japan, who managed to leap up seven places since 2015’s tally. 

For the second year running ‘lesbian’ has claimed the top spot for most searched genre, with ‘step-mom’ hot on its tail. Interestingly popular video game Overwatch has made its way into the list, with sex therapist Dr Laurie Betito noting:

“It appears that the trend is moving more toward fantasy than reality. ‘Generic’ porn is being replaced with fantasy specific or scenario specific scenes. Is this as a result of boredom or curiosity? One thing is certain; the typical ‘in-out, in-out’ no longer satisfies the masses, who are clearly looking for something different.”

This view is backed up by the statistics coming out of America, where the fifth most popular category was ‘Cartoon’ - a genre that has gained interest worldwide over the year.

Unsurprisingly, given our reliance on smartphones, the popular porn site has also noted a +1400% increase in mobile traffic since 2010.

Despite the huge numbers, the average visit to the site lasted just over nine minutes, showing us once again that maybe timing really is everything.

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