The Internet is known for two things: communication to the world and pornography. Almost everyone has access to the Internet since wi-fi is almost everywhere and unlimited data plans are the norm. However, what is surprising is how many people spend time on pornographic websites. In fact, according to an article on Huffington Post, compared to 46 million monthly visitors on Netflix and 160 million on Twitter, an astounding 450 million people visit porn sites each month.
The biggest question is has this amount of watching porn reduced the value of pornography as art and transformed it into a mere past time? Has the value of human sexuality been reduced to just repetitive images of sexual action?
Pornography has evolved from its print form to being accessible for free on the Internet for savvy users. According to Brian Droitcour’s “The Perils of Post-Internet Art,” post-internet art has transformed how people view art by making it even more colorful than it usually is through the transcendence of media. This is similar to what porn does to sex, it beautifies the concept and has made the concept even more approachable.
However, is this beautification a boon or bane to the value of human sexuality? That issue has been going on for so long with many human rights activists going on and on about how the body is sacred. However, the bottom line is that the statistics do not lie. Porn continues to be the most-watched form of entertainment because it is primal and it delivers.
The post-Internet world has eased up the access and provided people with that need with a simple keystrokes and a click of the mouse. Even renowned sensual staple Playboy has abandoned nudity because it is not as special as it used to be, according to an article from The Telegraph.
Playboy’s move is just one of the many actions taken that responded to pornography and a post-Internet world. Access has been the downfall of the once rite of passage for young males. Now, PornHub is one of many new determinants of the start of a long and not-so-special sexual journey.
The Internet will always serve two purposes: communication and pornography. Sometimes, even both at the same time for those who wish to do so.