It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a fast internet connection must be in want of some porn.
that the size and scale of adult websites truly comes into focus.
We’ll start by laying the ground work, and then on the second page we have some real world figures from You Porn, the second largest porn site on the web.
If you like, take a moment to try and estimate the amount of traffic that You Porn handles every second.
Let us know in the comments if your guess is anywhere near.
The main difference between porn and non-porn sites is the average duration of a visit: For a news site like Engadget or Extreme Tech, an average visit is usually between three and six minutes; enough time to read one or two stories.
The average time spent on a porn site, however, is between 15 and 20 minutes.
Then you need to factor in that most websites are predominantly text and images, while the largest porn sites push streaming video.
When you load the Extreme Tech home page, you’re talking about a couple of megabytes, and then maybe 500 kilobytes if you load an article.
When you stream porn, assuming a low resolution of 480×200, you’re looking at around 100 kilobytes per second — which, over 15 minutes, is around 90 megabytes.