According to a new study, half of all adults in the United Kingdom view porn.
Pornhub was the most popular site, with 15 million users according to Ofcom’s snapshot survey from September 2020. In the United Kingdom, 50% of males and 16% of women make up this percentage.
Because this was the first time the media watchdog looked into pornographic access, they couldn’t say whether or if the numbers grew during the ban.
However, one pornographic video developer claims that the epidemic has increased demand.
It’s an ideal moment to start the lockdown.
“The sheer number of people that watch some form of sexual video, whether it’s on Pornhub, OnlyFans, or even Twitter,” says Tezza Williams, a content creator for OnlyFans.
“I don’t know a single person who hasn’t seen porn for their own entertainment,” the 22-year-old tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
According to the Ofcom investigation, lockdowns caused people to start generating material because they were unemployed or on furlough, something Tezza can identify to.
He began making videos on OnlyFans last month and now has over 500 monthly members who pay between $8 and $10.
He claims that because individuals didn’t have much to do and couldn’t see their lovers or girlfriends, lockdown was a “excellent time to start” browsing things online.
“It’s becoming increasingly accepted for gay, lesbian, and trans individuals to have these platforms, and people are growing more comfortable with their sexualities and stepping more into something like this,” Tezza, a Birmingham native, adds.
“I think lockdown has been incredibly wonderful for the porn business because it’s gotten more accepted among the younger generations to do OnlyFans… therefore I believe lockdown has been really helpful for the porn business.”
OnlyFans isn’t just for explicit material, although it has grown in popularity because of it.In May of last year, when we were all stranded at home due to lockdown, it recorded a 75 percent surge in new creators.