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GIF Porn -- The Online Boom in 5 Second Video Clips

GIFs may evidence shrinking attention spans, but they're unlikely to take over the porn industry.

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Despite their popularity, Alptraum hardly expects dirty GIFs to take the place of lengthier video clips. “There’s a lot that makes a video hotter than a GIF: sound, for one, and the fact that it can be multiple hot moments and not just a few seconds,” she says. “I think that, given the choice, most people would prefer to masturbate to a video over a GIF.” That said, “if you’re not looking to settle in for a serious session of erotic appreciation, a GIF can be a really compelling taste of the action.” Our Internet porn is just so darn accommodating these days!

It’s also the case that the vast majority of GIF porn is free. So, GIFs may not be the future of porn — but they do hint at something of which the adult industry is all too painfully aware: People love free smut.

 

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow@tracyclarkflory on Twitter.

 
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