An article in the New Statesman emphatically claimed that internet would not exist without porn. It was 2013.
Other publications, more recently, provided briefs history of porn on internet (https://www.wired.com/story/brief-history-porn-internet/) and in some cases discussed whether internet was still primarily driven by porn (https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48283409).
Today we were checking our stats and we were pleased to see that our readers come from all over the world. We were also curious to see which of our posts/articles had been so appealing to readers worldwide. And we could not resist the temptation to check what internet searches bring readers to APP.
The last ten searches were for Nuer Cattle, African paintings, Marchal Ujeku (musician), Tanzania and Bikongore -which is a misspelling of Ujeku’s sing Bikongole, but also for sex in Kaduna, Sex in Nigeria, Sexy Tanzania, Sexy Uganda and just sexy. Five of the ten most recent searches were for sex.
This is not a last minute anomaly. It’s part of a consolidated trend.
Two of the most popular posts, that we have made in our five year history, deal with ‘sex’ one way or another. The 3rd most read post of African Politics and Policy discussed the ban of bikini and sexy videos in Tanzania, while the 4th most read piece detailed Nigeria’s efforts to save girls from the sex trade in Mali.
One way or another, viewers were looking for sex. And obviously they were looking in the wrong place.