Sex With Your Mobile Phone
from the seems-a-bit-personal,-doesn't-it? dept
We were just discussing the many reasons why mobile porn might not really catch on (the main one being that TV and internet porn caught on because they let otherwise embarrassed people enjoy the porn in the privacy of their own homes, while mobile takes it out into the world, where it may be less appealing -- not to even mention the tiny screen). However, with a counter point come the folks at Google. With Google making a big push to move into the mobile space, the company has been looking into what people are searching for on their mobile phones. Turns out, indeed, it's all about sex. Mobile phone searchers are much more likely to be hunting down porn than desktop surfers. In fact, 20% of all mobile search queries are for adult content vs. 8.5% on the desktop (which, by the way, inadvertently lets slip the percentage of porn searches on Google that Larry Page tried not to reveal to Time Magazine just recently). The Googlers' explanation for this: "people regard their phones as intensely personal devices," which, frankly, seems like a little more than we want to know. Perhaps we really have misjudged the libidinous nature of those on the go -- or perhaps there's some odd correlation between early adopters and porn on the go. Oddly, though, PDA users are a bit more chaste -- with only 5% searching for adult content. I guess people view their PDAs "just as friends," rather than with the intimacy of a mobile phone.