5-10 years ago was the golden age of free porn. Sites like Pornhub and Redtube were putting up hundreds or even thousands of new videos every day and everything was free. The thought of paying for porn was almost hilarious at the time. Most of us had a pretty short-sighted view of the porn industry as a whole. We overpaid for Playboys and Hustlers, now videos are free and there is nowhere to go from here.
See: nbcnews.com – Things Are Looking Up For The Porn Industry
Many see 2009-2011 as the bottoming out period of porn where everything you could want was free online and adult film studios were going out of business. At this point, even I was wondering what the end game for sites like Redtube and Pornhub was. They couldn’t have been making that much money with advertising dollars since no one was paying for dvds anymore.
Then technology entered the porn industry like a hurricane enters the Southeastern United States. All of the sudden there were live models online that you could actually interact with and see in HD, fetishes started to rule the scene, toys were being invented no one had thought of, and social media started to create a new breed of porn superstar that people were willing to pay for.
What’s interesting is that major tube sites have continued to put out the same quality videos that had 10 years ago. Good enough to enjoy but not HD quality, while higher and higher quality film making has taken over and created a desire to see good porn. In hindsight, it was actually pretty genius as they (tube sites) became the go to destination and now they are the ultimate gateway from your desktop to paid porn. Needless to say, they are making a lot of money.
What we’ve learned over the last 5 years or so is that it’s true people prefer not to pay for porn, they do still like to pay for shiny new things. Higher quality porn clips (not necessarily full films), hd interactive webcams, cutting edge sex toys and specialization have driven this once-declining industry into a powerhouse bigger than it ever was before.
In the future, I expect the upcoming accessible virtual reality boom to drive porn sales though the roof and vise versa. There are even sex robots that have been created and are only getting better. Some day soon we’ll look back at the flesh light and laugh because we’ll have our own sexbot in the closet.