Coronavirus, pornography, and the budding beauty of India’s long-awaited sexual awakening. Maybe 2020 isn’t all bad. 

The pandemic has been disruptive. That much is fairly obvious. It’s changed the way we go to work, how we prepare our children for schools. The food we eat, where we get it from. Our news. Our loved ones. Our cultures. There isn’t one aspect of our lives that COVID-19 has left untouched. 

No, not even our pornography habits. 

As it’s not just been cases of the highly contagious virus that are on the rise, but also our porn consumption. What is currently, and probably fairly, being correlated with stringent lockdown procedures and newly imposed stay at home measures- our predilection towards pornography has grown exponentially. In major countries like the US, UK, and Canada, viewership had increased more than 20% while we were forced to spend our time indoors. 

While internet users around the world have been upping their naughty net habits, few countries have come close to the surge seen in India. “What we’re seeing in India is a divergence from other nations.” Says a representative for the website Porndoe, an online streaming site. “What is really jumping out about this new found interest in Indian porn streamed online, is that the country began seeing a notable increase even before lockdown measures had been implemented.” The site says that they had been seeing a surge in Indian viewers for months prior to new COVID measures.  A sentiment echoed by other studies, which show overall use had increased by 95%, even despite a governmental ban on the erotic content.

Indians Love Pornography

However, this naughty by nature attitude is nothing new for the majority of the Indian public. As a country that not only has one of the highest numbers of internet connected citizens, but one that has been fighting for sexual freedom and positivity for decades. It seems to stand to reason that the country would house a high number of online pornography viewers. While countries that were hardest hit by the pandemic- like Italy and the United States have definitely seen their own lusty surge for adult content, a few things remain special about viewing habits in India. 

Alongside increased viewership prior to the pandemic, and continued usage following censorship laws, Indians are also setting the pace for other porn-binge benchmarks. On top of being well connected to the web in their homes, Indians also have an incredibly high level of smartphone ownership; with each mobile owner using a whopping average of nearly 10 GB of data monthly. And 89% of that may be dedicated to adult content. Indian porn is also trendsetting in the way that more women are watching. With over a quarter of viewers sporting the XX chromosomes. 

Everyone Loves Indian Porn

Another shocking statistic to come out of the country of the Kamasutra wiki is the rise of interest in Indian porn itself. Fast becoming one of the most desired genres of online adult content worldwide. “It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes this particular category so popular, but people seem to be gravitating toward it at an increasing rate.” Porndoe says that in the months following lockdown, they’ve seen a higher demand for the specific sensual content, as well as more submissions. 

Which could make sense, particularly after viewing Indian adult content. The genre seems to offer something that is decidedly standout amongst its bedfellows. For one, production quality is of a consistently high value, but more than that- the content seems more valuable. The actors are more believable, the storylines, while far less involved, are also somehow more relatable. As the genre seems to center more on intimate carnal knowledge with a slow, scintillating burn, than it does on the rapid-fire bang rests set against a paper-thin plot. There’s a depth here that isn’t often seen in other styles of content. 

Maybe it’s because for so long, colonial rule and antiquated law demanded that the country become incredibly comfortable with the sexual metaphor. Maybe it’s that indwelling fascination with the antiquity of India’s sexual knowledge-come-spirituality. Maybe Indian porn is just better. Maybe it’s just COVID. While it’s hard to say for certain what is driving this great Indian sexual migration, we do know a few things for certain. Indian’s are watching porn; Indian’s are making porn. And frankly, the world is better off because of it. 

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