Porn searches make up 30% of web traffic

Apr 10 2012, 15:30 IST
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It is estimated that the biggest porn site on the web streams 1,000 gigabytes per second at peak times. It is estimated that the biggest porn site on the web streams 1,000 gigabytes per second at peak times.
SummaryThe biggest porn site on web receives 4.4 billion page views and 350 million unique visits/month.

Researchers have discovered that a staggering 30 per cent of all Internet traffic is pornography.

Xvideos, the biggest porn site on the web, receives 4.4 billion page views and 350 million unique visits per month, according to a report on the ExtremeTech website.

The only sites that surpass this in size are the likes of Google and Facebook, the Daily Mail reported.

The report uncovered the viewing figures for Xvideos from Googleís DoubleClick Ad Planner, which uses cookies to gather information about users.

It then used these figures - and actual data from the third biggest porn site, YouPorn - to extrapolate how much data is being transferred out of the siteís servers. And itís a huge amount.

It based the first calculation on the average length of time spent on Xvideos, which is 15 minutes, and assumed a low resolution video was being streamed. From this it estimated that around 29 petabytes of pornography is being transferred a month, or 50 gigabytes per second.

However, it upped this estimate to 35 to 40 PB per month after learning that YouPorn hosts over 100 TB of porn, gets 100 million page views and transfers 950 terabytes per day.

Thatís the equivalent of 10 dual-layer DVDs per second.

At peak times, it speculates that Xvideos is streaming 1,000 gigabytes per second (or one terabyte), which, the report points out, is one fifteenth of the total amount of connectivity between London and New York.

The ExtremeTech investigation estimated that YouPorn accounts for two per cent of internet traffic, with 30 per cent of all web traffic being pornography related.

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