When do we typically watch porn?

The worst habit I developed? Watching porn at night. Getting hot and bothered right before going to bed usually led to me not sleeping. No better distraction from rest than the urge to jerk off.

A logical person would say something like “just watch porn in the morning or in the afternoon.” Two problems. I spend my mornings rushing to get to work because waking up on time makes too much sense. And watching porn in the afternoon would require me to watch porn at work. It’s a downside to being gainfully employed.

Seems the viewers on PornHub have the same dilemma. PornHub’s 2016 Year in Review offered some good insight into the times people usually watch porn. It’s one of the few bits of data that isn’t specific to PornHub and could paint a broader picture of porn viewing habits as people browsing through PornHub are most likely viewing other porn sites shortly thereafter.

favorite times to watch porn
This chart breaks down the average traffic on PornHub each day depending on the time of day. Across the week, 10pm to midnight is the busiest period on PornHub while traffic is low between 4am and 6am.

Predictably, most of PornHub’s traffic happened between 10PM and midnight. There isn’t much to accomplish late at night. Honestly, what else is there for the ardent porn viewer to do other than read a book, have a snack, engage in a hobby, play video games, watch television, or be on the computer?

It’s also the safest time to watch porn. The morning is too much of a rush, watching porn on the job can get you fired, and the time immediately after work offers a period for socialization (especially if someone has a family). Outside of the time you’re sitting on the toilet, the late night is the only time that offers some tranquility and maybe even a little bit of privacy.

It also makes sense that on Fridays and Saturdays the traffic stays strong up until 1AM. With some exceptions, most of us don’t have anything pertinent to do early on a weekend morning. If society is right and us porn viewers are freaks, then the freaks really do come out at night.

What is surprising is the above average traffic between 3PM to 5PM at the tail-end of the workday. So folks are either a) grabbing their phones, tablets, personal laptops, etc. during the last hour of work, or b) watching porn while driving.

Which has to be far more dangerous than texting while driving. I don’t mind putting my phone down for a second in the middle of a text. Texting isn’t nearly as captivating as watching your favorite pornstar get boned. Unless you’re receiving a text asking you to visit a girl for some boning of your own.

My theory? People actually are using their personal devices to make the last hour of work go by just a little quicker. Or, there is a crowd of part-time workers getting their day outside of work started early. Keep in mind, this set of data only measures traffic. I doubt the duration of the visit to PornHub or any site is long during this time.

But the night is still king when it comes to porn. It’s the most convenient and efficient time of the day to tantalize your eyes. But it’s interesting that the last thing we are filling our brains with before sleeping is the visual of sex.

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