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When Do People Watch Porn?

Posted by Kurt Smith, MFT, AFC on Sat, Jan 26, 2013

when do people watch pornWhen do people watch porn? It turns out, according to one study, that there are certain times of the year when people watch porn more than others. Surprisingly or not, the times of the year for watching more porn also matched the seasons.

So when are the peak seasons for people to watch porn? Winter and late summer.

Researchers at Villanova examined the Google trends for such commonly-searched-for terms as "porn," "xxx," "xxvideos" ... and other, more descriptive phrases . . . Once they'd gathered those terms, the authors examined them in Google Trends. And what they found was a defined cycle featuring clear peaks and valleys -- recurring at discernible six-month intervals. The cycle . . . surprisingly well to the world's calendar seasons. 

Other searches don't. The researchers also ran a control group consisting of Google searches for non-sexual terms. And those terms demonstrated no such cyclical pattern. 

So there's something about sex itself, it seems. Porn is periodical. Which is born out by another (semi-)control in the Villanova experiment. Researchers determined search terms associated with a relatively purpose-driven category of sexytime -- prostitution and dating websites -- and found that, for those terms ... the six-month cycle showed up again. (On The Internet, Porn Has Seasons, Too)

Are there other answers to the question, when do people watch porn, besides the times of the year? At Guy Stuff we've learned through our treatment of porn addiction that there are several other factors.

The first reason that comes to your mind maybe when people are not having sex. It’s commonly, but mistakenly, believed that how much sex a person is having contributes to porn viewing. Men often blame not having sex for why they watch porn. In actuality, having sex or not having sex is not a significant contributor to when people watch porn.

Opportunity to watch porn is a key factor for when people will watch porn. But opportunity takes a couple of different forms. First, having the access to porn, which most commonly today is accessed through the Internet and by devices like cell phones, tablets and laptop computers. Second, having time to watch, which supports the seasons of the year findings. Since in winter and late summer people are spending more time indoors.

Since porn is almost always watched individually, being alone is another contributor to when porn is watched. If there isn't alone time, we've found that men will often create it by doing things like staying up late alone or isolating themselves in a separate room of the house.

Boredom is a common reason men give. Although boredom is a contributor, it is not a core drive for when people watch porn. What is a core driver for watching porn is mood. When people are unhappy, depressed, and most frequently stressed, they watch porn.

Who would have thought that there are cycles, particularly certain times of the year, when people watch porn? But it's not surprising when you really understand the real reasons people watch porn.

What do you think? When do people watch porn? If you know someone who watches porn, what have you discovered about when they watch? Please share your insights below.

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