The 20 Most Searched Terms on Pornhub in 2016

Apparently horny teenage boys who fantasize about their friend’s hot stepmom turn in to grown men who never let go of the fantasy. Pornhub, the hub for free adult videos, just released its annual data for 2016. This is something the site does every year to track people’s porn habits globally. Unsurprising to anyone who has ever been around a dudebro kind of guy (cis, white, frat boy, wears Sperry shoes), "step mom" is Pornhub’s number one search term in the U.S.

For the second year in the row, “lesbian” was the top search worldwide.

Americans good ol’ family values don’t end with the “step mom” porn interests. The ever popular terms “step sister” and “milf” follow closely behind. Of course it’s men who rank “step mom” and “step sister” at the top while women are more into “lesbian” and “lesbian scissoring” porn.

While men are at work, or in their mother’s basement dusting cheetos off their chests, they’re searching Pornhub for their second mommies. “Step mom” was most searched during the hours of 2pm to 5pm. Hopefully no one is foolish enough to use company computers to search for porn. Generally Pornhub users are most active between 10pm and 2am.


The year 2016 will go down in history as one of the most bizarre ones yet. Perhaps the year right before the apocalypse. But one thing that we didn’t discriminate against is our horniness interests. Lesbian, ebony and teen (18+) videos are the categories Americans like the most. Americans are also searching for “big booty Latina,” “big black dick” and “ebony” more than any other country in the world. Not sure what that says about us (should we win a prize?), but it’s not exactly shocking that people like to fetishize and see people of color in porn the most. The hypersexualization, particularly of black women and black men, has a long history. Yay for porn representing the hard truths we already know about America. 

In a funny bout of irony, the states that stayed on Pornhub the longest were mostly red states in the Bible Belt. Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas are the top three states that stayed the longest each visit. At least Pornhub users are allegedly age appropriate (although I’d argue there’s no way to truly collect this data, thus, lots of grown adults are fulfilling their pedophilia tendencies by searching for “teen” porn). “Teen” ranks with 18-24 year old users while the 65+ crowd are searching for “granny.”

Women make up 25% of Pornhub users in the U.S. while Jamaican and Micronesian women are 46 and 42 percent of Pornhub users, respectively. Yes to female sexual pleasure! Kim Kardashian can’t escape her humble sex tape beginnings. She tops the “porn stars” search list every year. This year she was followed by Mia Khalifa and Lisa Ann who happens to be a milf. And because 2016 was bizarre it’s only right Pornhub saw a rise in search terms like Pokemon, Harley Quinn and Trump (barf!).

All in all 2016 was a well-rounded year on Pornhub. May our porn interests continue to reflect who we are as a great nation.

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