xHamster is complying with the regulations, and will introduce its own age-verification methods upon the announced date.
We conducted our 2019 Age-Verification Compliance Study over the course of six days in March, asking UK visitors to the site whether they were aware of the regulations, whether they planned to comply, and which methods they would use to do so.
“We launched this survey to help us understand how our own visitors planned to react, and were shocked by the large number we saw who were not planning to comply, which is why we are releasing this report.” said Alex Hawkins, Vice President of xHamster. “We are eager to work with the BBFC to help them find ways to better encourage compliance with the regulations.”
Given the attention given to the regulations in the UK, the answers surprised our data team. Nearly half the users surveyed were not even aware of the existence of such regulations.
Only 16.1% described themselves as “very aware” of the regulations, with another 25.5% describing themselves as “somewhat aware.”
The vast majority of users were unsure if they would comply with the law, with only a minority (34.5%) saying they would definitely comply.
Most users were still unsure if they would comply with the law. Regardless of their feelings about the regulations, a firm 25% of each said they would definitely not comply. Those who were aware of the regulations were more likely to comply, rising to about 40% — with about a third still unsure.
The biggest issue faced was privacy concerns over data. Nearly 75% of respondents identified it as a major concern, with the fear of government intrusion following at 63%.
Respondents under 34 were significantly more likely to have concerns about nearly every aspect, and were twice as likely as older users to be concerned about added cost, and the possible restriction of other content, such as social media.
Older people were also more likely to believe the regulations could be effective, although overall the number who felt the regulations would be completely effective was less than 5%. The majority of all respondents, 59.1% did not believe the regulations would be effective.
Those who opposed the restrictions were also the most likely to believe they would not be at all effective. Of those who opposed the regulations, approximately 84% said they would be unsuccessful. They also — perhaps unsurprisingly — were the most likely to say they would not verify.
When presented with options, 47.2% of all users said they wouldn’t verify with the new system. Even among those who supported the legislation, 17% said they would not actually use the verification themselves.
A similarly small percentage of those who oppose the regulations, around 20%, say they will actually verify despite their opposition.
Most users who intend to get around the system plan to do so using a VPN, a number that rises significantly among the young, and those who oppose the regulations.
A surprising number say they will give up on online porn that requires such age-verification, likely instead to focus on file-sharing sites, social media or offline adult material — or perhaps swearing off porn altogether.
A majority of respondents said that, given the option of a VPN or offline, non-age-verified material, they’d go around the system — what we at the xHamster Data Center have termed a Sexit, in which vast numbers of adult content users either abandon regulated sites, or use a VPN to avoid detection by British authorities.
“We support efforts to limit access to adult material by under 18s, and we will be complying with the UK regulations,” said Hawkins. “However, the data seems to show that a vast majority of porn users will abandon the UK regulations, either by leaving UK internet space, or by abandoning online content altogether. Such a “Sexit” of nearly 60% of current adult content consumers has major implications, not just for adult sites, but for the BBFC which has designed the regulations.
Vice President, xHamster
We’re sending a big juicy kiss to everyone who followed the rules and uploaded BJ videos on March 13-14. An excellent job! (Of the variety called ‘blow,’ of course!)
Your videos had our team panting, clapping and — in some cases, heading for some, er, private time. However, there was one that stood out for its creativity, style and intense focus.
Ladies and gentlemen, please congratulate the Aijo-joy couple - the first ever winners of the xHamster Palme d'Or for BJs.
They’ll be presented with a gift certificate to a steak house in their native Munich!
Your unleashed creativity sparks JOI and inspires us! Kudos to you all and keep going!
xHamster will provide one lucky winner with a free private session with one of its leading VR Cam models on xHamsterLive, along with a gift certificate for a free steak dinner to follow.
Steak and BJ Day was developed nearly twenty years ago as the male equivalent of woman-focused Valentine’s Day. No chocolate, no romantic restaurants — just steak and oral sex.
“We’re in a unique position to help men celebrate Steak and BJ Day, whether or not they’re in a relationship, says Alex Hawkins, VP of xHamster. “With the astounding reality of VR, our models can provide the virtual BJ to get the day off right. And to follow it up with a fine steak dinner? This is a true meat-lover’s holiday.”
To enter the contest, xHamster users should tweet the name of the VR model they’d most like to spend the session with, along with the hashtag #steakandBJ2019 to @xhamstercom.
Users will have until Noon Pacific Time on March 15 to enter the contest. The winner will be chosen randomly.
From now until midnight on March 14, all users who upload a new, self-produced blowjob video to xHamster will be entered to win a $250 gift certificate for a steak dinner at Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, Outback or another major steakhouse in your area.*
Just upload your blowjob video and tag it #SteakandBJ — we’ll do the rest.
Fourtееn randomly selected uploaders will be provided with gift cards for shipped steaks from Omaha* — one will get a $250 gift certificates for a special dinner at a steakhouse of your choice!
The xHamster Team
*the good people at Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, and Omaha Steaks have no relation to this twisted promotion. They just have the tastiest steaks. And make it easy to send gift cards without ‘blowing’ your cover.
Does watching too much porn make you gay? No, but it might make you bi.
Earlier this month, xHamster launched an ambitious internal study — the xHamster Report on Digital Sexuality — compiling data on our porn users age, gender, sexuality, relationship status, political views, viewing habits and more, to try to understand just who watches what and why. Over 11,000 users completed this survey.
While we’re just beginning to process the data, one number jumped out at us immediately. Over 22.3% of all US-based xHamster visitors consider themselves bisexual. Only 67% consider themselves to be entirely “straight.”
At first, we thought there was something wrong with the numbers, or the study design. But as we dug deeper, we saw a consistency with their answers — from relationship status, to what porn they viewed, to where they lived — that supported the numbers.
And while women who watch porn were more than twice as likely as men to identify as bisexual, nearly one-fifth of men in the study identified so as well. These are much higher numbers than have been previously reported.
Now, while we like to think of ourselves as enlightened bunch, we’re not a particularly bi site, let alone a gay one. We’re just your (above) average tube site with primarily heterosexual content.
So we wondered, is there something about watching porn that opens up users to the idea of a more fluid sexuality. The answer is ... it may.
We compared responses from users who watch porn once a week, with users who report watching it several times a day. Porn fans who watched multiple times a day were more than twice as likely to identify as bisexual as porn fans who watched only once a week (27% vs 13%).
As you can see, there’s a direct correlation between the amount of time a person spends watching porn, and whether or not they identified as bisexual. (It doesn’t seem to have an affect on gay identity — that stays in a pretty narrow range.)
We also wondered if there was some way that women porn fans — 38% of whom in our study identified as bisexual — might be somehow skewing the data. So we repeated the calculations with just men. The results were even more dramatic.
Just 10.8% of men who watched porn once a week identified as bisexual, but 27.2% of men who watch porn multiple times a day identify as bisexual. (After all, if you’re looking at naked men all day — even if there’s a woman in the picture — maybe it opens you up to a broader ideas about human sexuality.)
Now, we should stress that correlation is not causation. Bisexual and gay people both report greater frequency of viewing of porn, and a lower stigma associated with watching it. (Both groups are also less likely to be married, and thus might have greater freedom to watch. But again — we didn’t see any significant correlation between frequency of viewing, and gay identification.)
In fact, of all the groups measure, those who identify as bisexual were most likely to agree with the statement “Porn is a Healthy Sexual Outlet” and least likely to disagree. (They are also the least likely to be religious, and more likely to pay for porn than heterosexuals.)
Is xHamster part of a plot to neuter red-blooded American men? Nah. But do we welcome our bisexual overlords? Yes! They’re more progressive, more tolerant, and have a more positive outlook on sexuality. Plus they love EVERYTHING WE DO.
We’ll be releasing more data from the xHamster Report on Online Sexuality in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to what bisexual men and women like most!
For questions, comments, raw data or other analysis:
Vice President, xHamster
Will Oscar’s Academy voting coincide with the preferences of xHamster users?
This weekend will show!
Please share in the comments field what you’d like to improve about searches.Let us know of the things you were searching but couldn’t find on xHamster.Are there any additional filters we could add? Which features does our search engine lack?Which areas for improvement do you see here?Any ideas are more than welcome!Thankfully yours,xHamster team
Say no more! Now you won’t have to
The xHamster team has created a collection of the extravagant and exclusive postcards for the lovey-doveys and those who care.
We’ve put our passion and love in these postcards, and we do hope you will like them.
See the album for more cards:
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A global study of search data shows that traditional "missionary" sex is the most searched for sex position, followed by female-dominant "amazon." The three-year porn searches study was done by leading adult site xHamster with additional data on Google searches provided by SEMrush, an online visibility management tool.
"For Valentine's Day, we wanted to offer some actionable advice for lovers," said Alex Hawkins, Vice President of xHamster. "We see more and more consumers interested in equitable sexual practices, rather than one that favors men. We're particularly encouraged by the dramatic rise of interest in the "amazon" position, which gives women greater control."
▪ Among US Google searches, the most searched for sex positions were "Missionary" (#1), "Amazon" (#2), "Cowgirl" (#3), "Eiffel Tower" (#4) and "Doggy Style" (#5), followed by "Piledriver" (#6), Butterfly (#7), "Reverse Cowgirl (#8), "Spooning" (#9) and "Wheelbarrow" (#10).
▪ Among US porn users, the most searched for positions were "Missionary" (#1), "Cowgirl" (#2), "Doggy Style" (#3), ""Reverse Cowgirl" (#4), "Chair" (#5), "Amazon" (#6), "Scissors" (#7), "Cowboy" (#8), "Butterfly" (#9), and "Spooning" (#10).
Hawkins also notes that despite heavy rotation in porn, consumer interest in anal sex has fallen dramatically over the past three years.
"We are seeing a global decline in interest for more aggressive sex acts," says Hawkins. "This may have to do with a return to a more conservative culture, or merely a return to the mean after 50 Shades, but consumer interest in BDSM, anal sex and other fetish sex has flagged in the past few years."
The survey also looked at global searches for sex information, both through Google and on porn sites. Graphs and data below, and will appear on the xHamster blog on Valentine's Day.
Additional data, analysis, and other graphs are available upon request.
Vice President, xHamster.com
Thanks to you, xHamster is now a community of more than 24 million registered lovers.
On this Valentine’s Day, we’d like to get to know you a bit better!
We’ve designed a special Valentine’s present for you! In order to get it assigned to your profile:
1) From Feb 13 till Feb 15 upload either a photo or video introduction with the heart on it. Show us your heart and soul, or your best hand hearts <3
2) Open your profile (make it visible for all) during Feb 13-19 so we can check the contest intros
3) Once your photo/video intro is approved, the special xHamster heart gift will be assigned to your profile page. Just
We’ll reward the most creative intros with xHamsterLive tokens!
The xHamster Team
The Polar Vortex took place in the Midwestern United States last week, and xHamster data revealed some surprising trends that occurred during the Polar Vortex 2019.
The data team saw a decrease in viewership from the previous week in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Any increase, you’d ask? Minnesota, babe, where the traffic did grow by 10%.
"Oddly enough the Polar Vortex did not turn people on in the Midwest," said Alex Hawkins, VP of xHamster. "People were too cold to watch porn, which is normally not the trend we expected. With the temperatures plummeted as low as 60 below Fahrenheit in some areas, we would imagine people have one thing in mind: stay warm."
Washington, DC showed the greatest traffic decline (-12.6%) — while New York (-6.3%) and Boston (-11.2%) showed similar drops. And Chattanooga — where several marchers were arrested — showed a large 9.6% decline in traffic from women.
Maybe more surprising were the gains — 1.2% in march-friendly San Francisco. All that stomping must have gotten the women worked up and looking for release!
Below, some of the major declines in other cities with significant marches.
Vice President, xHamster
As the US government shutdown continues, xHamster is offering free access to US government employees affected by the furlough."We know that government employees who have been furloughed are being forced to make hard choices between essentials rent, food and transportation," says Alex Hawkins, Vice President of xHamster. "We don't want anyone affected to spend money on adult material. Therefore, for the remainder of the shutdown, we will provide free access to xHamster Premium to anyone who can provide proof of government employment."Hawkins says that employees can contact xHamster support either from a government email, or with an image of a valid government ID. The company will not keep any records, but instead will give a limited-time pass to users, which will be updated should the shutdown continue."We know that these employees have time on their hands, and we'd rather they spend it with us. Studies have shown that adult material can provide not only entertainment, but stress relief and better overall well-being."
Vice President, xHamsteralex.email@example.com
Starting January 4th, we noticed something unusual. Searches of "R Kelly", "R Kelly tape" and other search terms started to surge. It coincides, clearly, with the debut of Lifetime's "Surviving R Kelly" documentary, which details multiple allegations of coercion, assault and sex with under 18s. In fact, in the past week, we saw searches jump 388%.
We feel compelled to put out this statement:
"The R Kelly tape is not on xHamster, nor would we ever allow it to be. Regardless of the news or sensation, a tape featuring uder@ged is both iIIegaI and immoral. As we do with other similar content, we will be disabling searches and putting up messages alerting any searchers that this is not acceptable."
Alex Hawkins, Vice President, xHamster
From Stormy Daniels to SESTA/FOSTA, 2018 was a watershed year for porn. But for all the attention paid — and in some cases, attacks lobbed — consumers are just starting to feel the effects.
What’s coming in porn for 2019? We looked at several year’s worth of data, from traffic to searches, to identify what’s growing (and what’s shrinking) for porn users in the year ahead.
In total xHamster's data shows that during 2018 searches have surged for Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.
Michelle Obama has risen by 380% and Melania Trump has also surged by 201%.
"It looks like xHamster users are admiring Michelle Obama and Melania Trump in other ways as well," said Alex Hawkins, VP of xHamster. "Fantasies are priceless, so here’s to our inner thoughts and kinky feelings!”
Below, the most covered and most significant porn stories of 2018. — Alex Hawkins, Vice President xHamster
11. Nina Hartley Controversy in Wisconsin
Porn star and sex educator Nina Hartley was paid $5000 to speak with students at the University of Wisconsin-LaSalle about consent, and angry parents — not to mention Fox News — were outraged! The Chancellor who approved the payment ultimately had to pay the $5000 out of his own pocket, lest any tax dollars go to teaching k1ds about consent. Oh brother.
10. Starbucks Bans Porn
Bowing to pressure from conservative group Enough is Enough, burnt coffee chain Starbucks announced it would ban all porn from its wifi. A venti frap of congratulatory news stories followed, with virtually none of them pointing out that it’s a non-issue manufactured by anti-porners, as no one has actually been accused of watching porn in Starbucks. (That said, based on xHamster uploads, plenty of people seem to be MAKING it there there.)
9. India Bans Porn
India banned porn. Or did it? The Indian government released a list of 827 banned sites in the country, only major porn sites reported no traffic dips. A similar ban in Nepal produced similar (non)-results. Still, it was enough to get the New York Times on the case — with an assist from us, of course.
8. Blackmail Bot Targets Porners
Trust us: there’s nothing funnier than working at a porn company and getting an email that says “Send me some bitcoin or I’ll expose your porn browsing history.” But millions of people who don’t work at a porn company were scared when a scammer bearing the fake threat tried to shake them down for cash.
7. Florida Bans Porn, Not Assault Rifles
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, many thought Florida politicians would take quick action on limiting access to AR-15s. Not exxxactly. On the same day it declined to take on the gun legislation, the legislature passed a non-scientific resolution labeling porn a “Public Health Crisis.” Rounding out the crazy, a Tennessee politician blamed porn for the rise in gun vioIence.
6. Sex Workers Say #MeToo
Leigh Raven, Riley Raven, Jenny Blighe, Tasha Reign and others came forward this year with harrowing accounts of harassment, boundary vioIations and assault. We were proud to see so many speak up — and happy to see media outlets finally begin to listen.
5. Porn for Women Explodes
Few things captured the public imagination in 2018 as the idea that women were abandoning sugar, spice and The Good Wife to watch … porn! Yes, from the New York Post to Maxim, mainstream media was on the hunt. What did they find? Women search for pretty much the same things that men do — although “daddy” and “pussy eating” rank a bit higher. But we’ve known this all along. Which is why we launched a Porn for Women channel in 2018, and created a Porn for Women Fund to help fill it! The result? Visits from women rose an ASTOUNDING 41% in 2018!
4. The FOSTA Freeze
When FOSTA legislation — an anti-trafficking bill that holds websites libel for content users post — was passed in the US, many predicted that it would have a dangerous ripple effect on porn. And it did! Soon after, fundraising site Patreon shut out porn stars who were producing, and Craigslist and Reddit shut down whole channels. Even Facebook jumped in, prohibiting people from talking thirsty, lest someone think it was prostitution.
3. August Ames, Kevin Moore and Jessica Drake
When porn star August Ames committed suicide in late 2018, her husband, director Kevin Moore was bereft. In January, during an AVN Awards speech, and in tweets after, Moore attacked those who he felt were responsible for her death, including porn star, director and activist Jessica Drake. The speech made headlines worldwide — coming on the heels as it did of other high-profile porn star deaths. Expect another flurry of headlines in 2019: Ames’ death will be the subject of a high-profile new podcast from The Butterfly Effect’s Jon Ronson, in January 2019.
2. Tumblr Porn Ban
Perhaps nothing changed pornography in 2018 as much as the loss of Tumblr. For fans, it was a platform with limitless, well-curated, adult content. For amateur porn stars, it was a source of income. For others, a source of community. The loss of Tumblr will reshape the modern porn industry, perhaps pushing people to tube sites or subscription content, and leave communities of trans, gay and fetish folks scrambling for new homes.
As tech journalist Violet Blue put it, "The Internet War on Sex is Here".
1. Stormy Daniels
The most searched for porn star of 2018 is no mystery. Stormy Daniels was the President’s nemesis, the media’s darling and the porn industry’s champion. Stormy started off the year with a bang, added in a lawsuit, and appearance on 60 Minutes, a dancing tour, an arrest in Cleveland, a book deal, a toadstool and a defamation suit … say what you will, Stormy Daniels is our Woman of the Year 2018!
*Lest we not forget our runners up in this amazing year, which included a Bigfoot porn loving legislator, Drake’s porn star babymama, sex robots, porn loving Kanye West, the South Korean spycam protests, the Digital Economy Act and the #NoFap Nazis. Maybe we can rest in 2019?
With the release of "The Grinch" movie this Christmas, "The Grinch" itself seems to be trending on the Internet in a more intimate way. xHamster here is no exception.
Users seem to be fantasizing about "The Grinch," which is contributing to their kinky dreams and porn search key strokes.
xHamster has seen a 10,000% surge of searches for "The Grinch" since October – and the searches are continuing to this day.
"Holidays are times to watch "The Grinch"," said Alex Hawkins, Vice President of xHamster. "However, it seems users are looking for a more intimate character this year. We hardly expect "The Grinch" to be such a sexual fantasy of our users, but it is. The searches have been climbing since mid-October and haven't stopped."
Perhaps not surprisingly, searches for Benedict Cumberbatch, the well-known British actor who voiced "The Grinch", also increased by 1000%.
The Miss Universe Pageant took place last night with Angela Ponce, the reigning Miss Spain and the first transgender model to compete for the title.
Searches on xHamster for Angela Ponce exploded during the pageant, growing an astounding 1400% over the course of the program.
“What Angela did at the contest was indeed a walk to remember, and a historic moment for all of us,” commented Alex Hawkins, Vice President of xHamster. “No wonder the searches for the reigning Miss Spain increased so much during the night. She’s already made history, and we believe it’s only the beginning.”
You ask – xHamster delivers.
As we’ve said earlier, we’re focusing our AI, as well as other tools, on combatting spam.
Today, we are happy to release an AI-based anti-spam filter to help xHamster moderators stop spammers and bots.
The AI algorithm is already searching for and removing spammers on xHamster, but to truly reach its potential, it needs YOUR help. After all, Artificial Intelligence learns in part from you.
Help us out, won’t you?
How it works:
• Any suspicious user or spam-like message will be marked as “spam” in the comments field to your content.
• You and only you will be the one to decide whether a particular user who contacts you is a spam
• Let us — and our AI know — by pressing either “Delete” or “Not Spam” to finalize it
• Our AI will note and use your decision to help block spammers in the future
The same logic applies to the private messages section.
You’ll be notified of all the spam or suspicious comments (if any) in a separate section
Please note: these spam comments and private messages will only be visible to you.
The xHamster audience is our core value. As social networks like Tumblr disappear, it’s more important than ever that we build a functional, adaptable social network for our users.
We’re excited to have you help us become better. Join us — and our AI — in the fight to stop the spammers!
The xHamster Team