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Hey, who knows why people like what they like? Who’s judging? Unless you’re doing something really sick like putting tomato juice in beer, you’re not hurting anyone. But there’s a number of ways to take this topic:

Pics as opposed to video?

That’s probably more a question of bandwidth. Video takes a while to stream, even with today’s best tech. Particularly older browsers may not feel like staying on the cutting edge with a new phone every two years, so they’re taking their kicks simpler.

There’s also people who just don’t feel the need for animation. Sometimes a picture is enough to let your imagination do the rest. Also, nobody ever had to slap the mute button on a picture to keep it from waking up the whole household.

Or why do people still look at porn, period?

With guys or gals in steady relationships or even marriages, it seems odd that they’d still want to look at porn pics when they have a willing partner right there. This is assuming that the partner is willing and fully equipped to handle whatever kink is on the menu, of course.

But there’s a lot more to looking at porn pics than just immediate erotic gratification. Especially with women, people do browse porn for sex education value. You’ll always discover new techniques, positions, toys, kinks, or personalities that you never knew about before. It’s not just about getting off on the spot, it’s to make you a better lover with your partner, or helping your partner satisfy you. There are thousands of happily committed couples out there who browse porn together.

Now, what else is there? For people who watch solo, there’s the big obvious reason of gratification. We’re aroused and turned on by viewing our favorite sexual fantasy scenarios, and sometimes we just have to admire a fine body! Both males and females do this, remember, and sometimes it’s just plain old aesthetic perusal. There are a doubtless a few web searchers out there who come to watch the freak show.

The web brings out the spectator sport in our sexuality. Every time you think “nothing can top that,” somebody else says “hold my beer.” Kinks and fetishes out there have gotten so esoteric that we’re doubtless going to see a wave of hipsters who only look at the most vanilla porn they can, out of ironic smugness.