People Like World Cup Football More Than Porn, According to Pornhub Stats

By Tom Pritchard on at

There are only a handful of things I know for certain about the human race. For example I know that there is no limit to the depths of human stupidity, and that a lot of people are quite fond of both porn and football. But which of those last two is more popular? According to Pornhub's World Cup stats it's football. Which probably isn't too surprising after EE pointed out people are ditching the internet during match time.

Since the World Cup isn't over, the data isn't quite complete. That said we do get a rough idea of how popular football is in various countries, based on how much the Pornhub traffic dropped at game time, based on data collected two weeks before the tournament began. The results are, surprising, to say the least:

The highest country you'd associate with football fever is Argentina in sixth place, which is a bit strange. Not as strange as the fact England, France, and tournament hosts Russia are right at the bottom of the table. Considering enough people jumped off Pornhub to cause a noticeable drop in traffic during the FA Cup final, I thought England would right near the top. Especially with how well the seem seems to be doing.

That said this data seems to be based on the group stages, when fewer people were actually invested in the England team. Move things forward to the Colombia game an you get a different picture. There was a 29 per cent dip in traffic, which would put England right between Germany and Brazil on the above table.

The biggest drop was Uraguay at 61 per cent during its knockoff match, which makes a bit of sense. They do love football in South America, after all. Weirdly the drop in Russian traffic is still quite small, which is a bit weird, but not as weird as the even smaller traffic drop in Mexico. Either Mexican football fans aren't that into porn, or they're so into porn they can't be pulled away from it.

Football/porn fans seem to love mixing the two together as well, since the start of the tournament also coincided with a massive increase in 'football' and 'soccer' related searches on Pornhub. As you can see below, football searches peaked on 19th June while 'soccer' searches reached peak levels on 25th June and 4th July. Something tells me that Americans were using their day off to get some masturbating in, and decided to pick a timely topic to mix things up.

There's still going to be another week and a half of data not accounted for by the current stats, so you can probably expect to hear more about how people are switching off the porn and turning on the football - especially in England. Our national team seems to have picked up a suspicious increasingly large amount of fans since the group stages ended.