It’s the end of the year, and we all know what that means: 3:30 p.m. darkness, synchronized phone-staring with our entire family, and year-in-review lists. As interesting as it is to see which artist Pitchfork decides made the album of the year (Mitski, naturally), this is also the time of year when companies like Spotify and Instagram pull back the shroud to reveal some of the data they’ve collected on us all.
However, there’s only one company whose data is the most, shall we say, exciting, and they’ve just released the money shot.
Pornhub’s 2018 Year in Review insights takes us on a nightmare journey through the loamy loins of society’s collective id. First, there are the numbers. Pornhub’s daily visits now exceed 100 million, and contributors uploaded a hefty 115 years worth of new video onto the site. That is so much video! A staggering amount. We must really like porn–as in, 33.5-billion-visits-to-Pornhub like. And 92 million daily average visits, which is the equivalent of the populations of Canada, Poland, and Australia.
Aside from the sheer breadth of porn activity on the site, the Year in Review contains all sorts of data points about top searches, age and gender demographics, and time spent on the site. Here are some of the most fascinating things I learned just on a cursory look through all that data:
Stormy Daniels was the number one most-searched porn star of 2018
Fortnite was also searched for in huge numbers, proving I don’t know what exactly
Pornhub’s top four searches by volume remained the same from 2017 to 2018: “lesbian,” “hentai,” “milf,” and “stepmom”
Every single minute of the year, there were 55 views of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape
Once again, the U.S. is the country with the highest daily traffic to Pornhub. We’re #1! We’re #1!
Out of the 20 major markets, Russia spends the least time per visit on Pornhub, at an average of 7:48
The top gaining category of the year was “Romantic,” which suggests more women are watching porn
By far, the most searched-for term on Pornhub Gay was “Korean”
The most searched terms for women and men were “lesbian” and “Japanese,” respectively
The average age of a Pornhub user is youngest in India, at 29, and oldest in Italy, at 40. (U.S. is 38.)
71.6% of Pornhub’s traffic comes from phones. So think about that when handling a friend’s phone
Have a look through the data yourself here.
On Air Fest—the Coachella of podcast festivals (or maybe the Form Arcosanti of podcast festivals?)—just announced its 2019 lineup, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Headliners include U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith; Still Processing‘s Jenna Wortham; infamous editor Tina Brown; and Dan Taberski, the man behind the Missing Richard Simmons and Surviving Y2K podcasts.
But there’s a lot more happening over the course of the four-day festival. From February 28 to March 3, 2019, On Air Fest will send podcast fans, creators, and industry leaders running all over Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel for performances, conversations, listening parties, art installations, live podcasts, and more.
The festival kicks off an invite-only podcast industry business summit cohosted by Hot Pod editor Nick Quah and the creative studio Work x Work, and then opens to the general public for three days of events with favorite podcast creators, including Design Matters host Debbie Millman, The Antlers’ Peter Silberman, Crimetown creator Zac Stuart-Pontier, and Love + Radio’s Nick van der Kolk.
A listening party and meet-and-mingle with hosts and producers from Radiotopia, including a special feature presentation by the legendary Kitchen Sisters.
Radiolab sound designer (and Marcy Playground bass player) Dylan Keefe shares his secrets for creating rich and layered stories through sound.
A conversation with filmmaker and podcaster Zac Stuart-Pontier about the creation of his series Crimetown from Gimlet and Crimetown Presents with Cadence13.
ESPN’s excellent 30 for 30 podcasts will talk about how they merge video and audio storytelling in their documentary work.
Artforum editor-in-chief David Velasco will share his thoughts on the art form.
The Heart‘s Kaitlin Prest takes you into the world of her new podcast, The Shadows, where she pushes the boundaries of audio fiction.
Complex and Vice will present their new podcasts.
The On Air Fest 2019 Residency Program participants will unveil their work.
Live performance by musician-storyteller duo James & Jerome.
A rare stage performance from Science Friday’s Undiscovered, blending audio and projections to tell the overlooked history of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.
If you think you’re interested, but want to know for sure, here’s a video of everything you missed in 2018: