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#1 7 months ago
On Thursday, April 11, the hit video game went down for “emergency maintenance” for nearly 17 hours — and it seems Fortnite players went questing for smut in the meantime. The hugely popular porn site reported a 60% spike in searches for ‘Fortnite’ during the downtime. “Pornhub’s statisticians found that searches for ‘Fortnite’ increased by as much as 60% during the 24 hour period, as hardcore players headed to Pornhub for their Fortnite fix,” the smut site explained.

Well, what you will do when bored and waiting for a game to come back online, I guess.

Do people not play anything else anymore?


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#2 7 months ago

That makes absolutely zero sense. For one, correlation does not imply causation. Just because one goes up when the other goes down, doesn't have to mean it's because. 


Second, why the actual hell would people go and search Fortnite on Pornhub. There's literally zero fucking point to it. If GameFront goes down, I don't go to Pornhub and search for it there. 


On the off chance that they mean standard Google searches, that comes back to the first statement. 




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#3 7 months ago
Posted by Serio

Second, why the actual hell would people go and search Fortnite on Pornhub. There's literally zero fucking point to it. If GameFront goes down, I don't go to Pornhub and search for it there. 

The most transparent lie you've ever told.


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#4 7 months ago

fortnite sucks lol


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#5 7 months ago

Yeah... statistics is a lovely bitch that stabs you right in the back if you're not careful.

Could be a coincidence easily. The question is, how much easily. One would need to know how much the fluctuation of the search rates of "Fortnite" actually is normally. If it goes up and down by 60 % from one ordinary day to another, than there is zero correlation. If the rate is stable within, say,  5 % all the time and suddenly it spikes with 60 % than that's a whole other story.


I actually have zero clue about Fortnite... are there special characters, like in Overwatch? Because there ARE Overwatch themed porn, so... it makes SOME sense... okay, still doesn't explain why people go from playing a game to watching porn, but maybe there are people that are bored enough that they really don't care what of the things they like they will choose as their distraction at a given moment.


Also, about correlation and causation: http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

Apparently, increased Nicolas Cage movie appearances make people more likely to drown in a pool. Also, cheese consumption causes death by bed sheet strangulation, while margarine may not be healthy for your body, but apparently for your marriage, at least if you are from Maine.




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#6 7 months ago

Here is the source if you're interested (It's SFW, just don't click any labeld NSFW links on the right)


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#7 7 months ago
Posted by RadioActiveLobster

Here is the source if you're interested (It's SFW, just don't click any labeld NSFW links on the right)

Yeah, see, what the actual data says is that people searched for Fortnite on Google when the services went offline - which makes sense as people want to check if the game is down for everyone or not. So Google saw a 60% increase.


Now, there was a 9.8% peak increase of gamers visiting Pornhub in that period, but that's a peak. On average it was probably 6% more than usual.


So statistically insignificant but amusing nonetheless.




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#8 7 months ago
Posted by Serio
Posted by RadioActiveLobster

Here is the source if you're interested (It's SFW, just don't click any labeld NSFW links on the right)

Yeah, see, what the actual data says is that people searched for Fortnite on Google when the services went offline - which makes sense as people want to check if the game is down for everyone or not. So Google saw a 60% increase.


Now, there was a 9.8% peak increase of gamers visiting Pornhub in that period, but that's a peak. On average it was probably 6% more than usual.


So statistically insignificant but amusing nonetheless.

I think you have it backwards. PornHub saw a 60% increase in Fortnite searches on their own site during that time when compared to normal. The correlated that with the 9.8% increase of "gamer" traffic based on the Google data.


Basically the 9.8% which went to PornHub searched for Fortnite 60% more than normal.


That's unless I misread the data.


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#9 7 months ago

I feel like they left the data intentionally vague. I can't tell whether it was 60% on Pornhub or Google. The latter makes more sense to me.




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#10 7 months ago

Their chart based on Google data has fine print saying it's based on Google data, the other has none, which I'd suspect is because it's their own data.


All of it's a moot point as the real stuff you want to search for is found on a certain URL ending with ".com/video?c=42"


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