About half of UK adults visited a pornographic website or app in 2020, a year the COVID pandemic caused more activity of all kinds to shift online, Ofcom said on Wednesday.
About 26 million Brits visited an adult website or app in September 2020, with the largest, Pornhub, attracting about a third of online adults, representing half of all British men and 16% of British women, Ofcom said in its annual survey the nation’s online habits. Try free vidoes here at Trash Video
Ofcom said it had started researching adult content as part of its new duty to regulate UK-based video sharing platforms and prepare to take responsibility for online safety.
Internet usage has increased over the past year as lockdowns to contain the coronavirus have restricted opportunities for work, education, socializing, entertainment and shopping, the survey showed.
The average time spent online on smartphones, tablets and computers rose to 3 hours and 37 minutes per day, nine minutes more than in 2019 and more than an hour longer than in Germany and France and 30 minutes more than in Spain.
Another 1 hour and 21 minutes was spent watching services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer on TVs, Ofcom said.
The survey found that social video sites and apps were used by almost all (97%) of UK adult internet users and by 93% of 3-4 year olds.
Young adults were the top users of social video. In September, 18-24 year olds spent an average of 1 hour 16 minutes a day on YouTube – an 11 minute increase since 2019.
But its rival TikTok, a video sharing social media site, saw the biggest increase in both users and usage during the pandemic.
User numbers rose from 3 million in September 2019 to 14 million by March 2021, while 18- to 24-year-olds more than doubled the time they spent on the platform in September 2020, increasing from 17 minutes to 38 minutes .