Why would anyone pay for porn anymore?

Back in the day, I understand why. We didn’t have the technology available for the easy delivery of porn on the internet. You had to go to the store, get the tape, put it into your VCR and have at it. I can’t imagine the¬†embarrassment associated with being seen at the video store with porn either. I’m sure there were a few awkward conversations at the till over the years.

Then the internet changed the game.

I won’t bother linking to the individual sites, since I don’t want to offend any of my, shall we say, more conservative readers. Just be aware that videos of people engaged in all sorts of sexual activity are both plentiful and free. If you like it, you can find it and not have to pay a dime for it. The sites make money off of both ads and their premium sections. Included with the premium package is usually the ability to download the particular video onto your hard drive. This strikes me as a terrible idea for so many reasons.

The question remains. Why would anybody pay?

I suspect that the pay sites do supply a better product. Longer videos, hotter girls and the ability to interact with the person performing on the other end are services that porn consumers are willing to pay a premium for. The taboos that society associated with porn hardly matter anymore if there is zero risk of getting caught. This makes the market for porn bigger, therefore increasing the number of people who are willing to pay. The more mainstream the market gets, the less people get offended by acts that are more extreme. All of these are positives for the porn industry.

While I’m on the topic, am I the only one who thinks there’s a little something wrong with porn being legal and prostitution being illegal? Aren’t they essentially the same thing?

Playboy, the iconic men’s magazine, is down over 80% in the last 10 years. How much of that can be attributed to the increase of free porn? Sure, the magazine is more than just naked girls. I’m reminded of the old joke of the guy who only read Playboy for the articles. Nobody ever believed him.

Where is the industry heading to? Will celebrities still be able to command 7 figure sums for simply agreeing to pose with their clothes off? Will a ultra premium market emerge, similar to high end prostitution? Will sweet innocent girls continue to head to LA for their shot at adult glory? Or will the industry continue to become commoditized because they simply can’t get people to pay for their services? I’m not sure, but if I was in the business, I would focus on one particular niche and focus on being the best at it.

Tell everyone, yo!