How much porn did Baltimore watch during the blizzard? A lot

On Wednesday, GQ published a blog post revealing that, during the blizzard last week, people stuck in their homes spent a lot of time watching porn. Lots and lots of porn.

Data provided by Pornhub.com, the leading emporium of free adult videos online, showed that traffic to its site spiked significantly in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., as the East Coast was covered in snow.

Which city visited the site the most? Turns out it was Washington, D.C., home to our country's decision makers and power brokers. Compared to an average day, traffic to Pornhub.com went up by 22 percent on Friday, Jan. 22, 21 percent on Saturday, Jan. 23, and 25 percent on Sunday, Jan. 24. Only Philadelphia on Sunday, with a traffic spike of 14 percent, came close to matching D.C.'s level of porn consumption.

Why D.C.? Here's a theory put forth by our own Brandon Soderberg: "because D.C. is full of sad, boring solipsists."

But hey, what about Baltimore, Pornhub? We weren't even included. Talk about another blow to our lingering inferiority complex over whether or not we're a major city like the ones listed.

Well, I reached out to the data-savvy team at Pornhub for figures specific to Baltimore, and here are the results.

  • On Friday Jan. 22, traffic in Baltimore went up by 14.59 percent
  • On Saturday Jan. 23, traffic in Baltimore went up by 12.20 percent
  • On Sunday Jan. 24, traffic in Baltimore went up by 3.13 percent

That's a three-day average of 9.72 percent. That's the third highest overall, behind only Philly and D.C.! Take that, New York and Boston. And on the days when the snow was really coming down, Baltimore clearly took the silver medal in porn viewership.

Also, the steep drop from Saturday to Sunday shows that we were way more responsible about getting off our asses and going outside to shovel (or, more likely, drink).

City Paper has reached out to dating/hookup apps OK Cupid, Tinder, and Grindr for comparable data. I'll update this post if and when they respond.

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