Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cure for Pornography Urge: Internet Social Networking

A new survey has revealed that people are more interested in social networking sites than online pornography.

-- From "Social networking websites more popular than porn, says study" posted at The Telegraph 9/16/08

Bill Tancer, a self-confessed 'data geek' who analysed the search habits of more than 10 million web users, said that internet searches provide an up-to-date view of how society is changing.

"There are some patterns to our internet use that we tend to repeat very specifically and predictably, from diet searches to prom dresses to what we do around the holidays," said Mr Tancer in an interview with Reuters.

"As social networking traffic has increased, visits to porn sites have decreased," he said.

A decade ago, porn-related searches accounted for 20 per cent of all internet searches made, he noted. They now account for about 10 per cent, said Mr Tancer, who also found that web users aged between 18 and 24 were searching for less porn.

"My theory is that young users spend so much time on social networks that they don't have time to look at adult sites," he said.

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