Insights and Statistics into the Porn Industry

By Jacob / June 16, 2022

Lesbian, hentai, MILF, creampie, the list goes on. Porn can take a lot of different forms on the internet and with the millions of videos available online, there’s something for every taste. 

The porn industry is enormous around the world. It’s one of the largest industries on the planet, making around $15 billion a year. 

Although pornography can positively influence an individual’s sexual wellness, mental health, body acceptance, self-esteem, and sexual knowledge. It can also have negative effects and lead to mental and physical conditions. 

It can be addictive and may alter people’s expectations of what normal sex should be like, which in turn affects their ability to form and maintain romantic or sexual relationships.

Here at Bedbible, we wanted to gain a better insight into the topic. We, therefore, posted a porn job advertisement to possible candidates all around the world that exploded and received more than 31,000 applications in just 48 hours!

The lucky winning candidate, Rebecca, gathered information on areas of focus of the 95 most popular porn videos on the internet. These included ethnicity, types of sexual intercourse, number of orgasms, sex positions, and the ratio of males to females.

Rebecca said: “It is a much different endeavor than I am used to but I thrived on the new challenge and it was a role made for me. I found it very fascinating to explore a subject which is surrounded by stigma and this piece opens new viewpoints around the industry.”

Here are the most interesting findings of the 100 most popular porn videos in the world (measured in views).

Key findings

  • The videos have an average of 65.41 million views. The most popular which can be viewed on pornhub has 230 million views and the least popular, which also can be found on pornhub, has a grand total of 40.1 million views.
  • The average length of the top 95 most popular porn videos is 14 minutes and 8 seconds. The longest is 39 minutes and 50 seconds, and the shortest is 4 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • Our data also highlighted the inequality between the genders in terms of sex and found that males were much more likely to have oral sex performed on them than the female actors.
  • From the exploration of sex positions, It was also revealed that the most popular were Doggystyle, Cowgirl, and Missionary.
  • Finally, we were surprised to find that there were many ‘taboo’ topics like BDSM and incest (illegal if performed in real-life in most of the world) that were very popular in many porn videos.

Ethnic Distribution

Ethnicity Percentage of porn videos
Male Caucasian 90%
Male Black, Asian or Latin11%
Female Caucasian 98%
Female Black, Asian or Latin16%

Although the porn industry has moved toward inclusivity in recent years, our data shows that much more still needs to be done. We were disappointed to find that the majority of male porn actors were Caucasian at 90%.

The lack of diversity also continued when exploring female actors. It was revealed that caucasian females appeared in all but two of the videos we investigated, making up a total of 98%. We were shocked to find that only 3% of the female actors featured in the videos were Black and 17% were of Latin background.

However, an increasing number of x-rated performers of color are taking control and directing their own videos and owning their own sites.

Nyomi Banxxx, an African American pornographic film actor, spoke on the topic and said: “I think for a lot of women of color who you’ve seen come up, including myself, it’s because we took charge of our own brand and started making our own stuff and doing things outside of the industry,”

However, she added that “Black porn sells, but it will always be a niche. It will never be mainstream. Asian porn will always be a niche. Remember, we’re in white America.”

Gender Inequality in Sex

A study by the University of the Pacific and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine published in the Journal of Sex Research has highlighted gender inequality in sex. The study discovered that younger women are more likely than men to perform oral sex with their partner, despite not wanting to.

Ruth Lewis, the co-author of the study and sociologist at the University of the Pacific, said “It’s clear that we also need to be encouraging young people to think critically about how women’s and men’s bodies are talked about in society, the nuances of consent and coercion, and how gender equity might be negotiated in practice.”

Our research further highlighted the issue and revealed that in 1 out of 4 videos, the male receives oral sex, whereas this reduces to only 1 out of 10 where the female does.

Sex Positions

The Kama Sutra has between 1,800 and 2,400 sex positions and is a collection of Hindu texts. Hindus view the kama sutra as a necessary resource for learning about the topics of relationships and sex. 

The kama sutra includes 97 sex positions, including positions many may have never even heard of before, such as the yawning position, the Indrani position, and the congress of a cow.

We, therefore, investigated the most popular sex positions featured in porn videos. The top five were more well-known than those featured in the kama sutra: 

  1. Doggystyle (79%)
  2. Cowgirl (65%)
  3. Missionary (45%)
  4. Reverse cowgirl (42%)
  5. Eagle (38%)

The Orgasm Gap

According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, heterosexual women were far less likely to orgasm during sexual encounters than heterosexual men. Females experienced an orgasm 63% of the time on average with a familiar partner, whereas males had an orgasm 85% of the time. This is commonly referred to as the orgasm gap.

Our findings support that the orgasm gap exists within the porn industry. We found that in 88% of the videos; the male gets an orgasm, whereas only 12% of females achieve orgasm.

Taboo Topics

There has been increasing interest in taboo porn categories, such as incest. Besides being illegal around most areas of the world, it is also extremely socially taboo and viewed in a negative light in most cultures worldwide.

Our data ‌found that over 50% of the porn videos we explored were related to incestuous topics, such as father and daughter swap, or included step-something in the title.

There have been a plethora of different explanations for the rise in interest in incest-related pornography. Many experts have commented this is because of the popular series, Game of Thrones. The show includes many scenes that include incest, which may have uncovered many viewers’ fetishes.  

Dr. Paul Wright of the Indiana University Media School told Esquire spoke on the topic and said: “As types of pornography that were less common in the past — for example, violence, this or that fetish — become more and more common and easily accessible, consumers get bored by them and need the extremity and deviance upped a notch to once again become aroused and excited. Few sexual acts are more extreme or deviant than incest”.

BDSM

New research published in The Journal of Sex Research has found that interest in BDSM, including bondage, domination, and sadomasochism, is more common than you may expect.

In the past, BDSM was viewed as a taboo topic, but attitudes have shifted, especially with the rise of movies like Fifty Shades of Grey. Despite this change in attitudes, the acceptance of ‌BDSM is still unknown in many countries around Europe and the United States.

Therefore, we explored BDSM in the porn industry in more detail. We found that around one-third of the videos contained some form of hardcore BDSM, this included choking and hair-pulling.

We also did the statistical method of regression, which showed some interesting relationships:

There is a significant relationship between being a white male and getting an orgasm. If you’re a white male, our best guess would be that you’ll get an orgasm in the videos. 

There is also a significant relationship between the number of views the video received and whether the male receives a blowjob. In fact, there is an inverse relationship, so if there’s a blowjob in the porn video, it’s more likely to have fewer views.