Porn dial-up users still exist?

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October 1, 2005

There is a cliché sex phrase that once you go black, you never go back. When it comes to Internet connections, you could pretty much reiterate this in saying that once you discover highspeed, you wonder what the hell took you so long to get there! At one point this weekend, I used a dial-up modem, and it was like living a nightmare. All I wanted to bloody well do was check my email and it felt like it took me 50 years. If it took that long just for email, I can't even imagine trying to do a porn review, or even streaming a Windows Media porn flick, let alone download an MPEG.

In doing recent reviews for Rabbit, I noticed that some sites (footprints 4 u for example) aren't offering videos for a dial-up connection anymore. On the one hand, I can understand this because a 56k movie sucks shit. However, this kind of stuff gets me thinking, so I decided to explore the numbers.

I was shocked to discover that only 11.4 people out of every 100 US residents actually used broadband according to FCC stats in January 2005. It's no surprise that US broadband users fall behind Korea, but they fall behind Canada where there are 17.4 users per hundred? I was shocked. I expected US residents to be ahead in the technology game. I'm not an economist or anything, but another survey suggests that there are 33 million DSL/Broadband users out of 199 million US Internet users. So how many people are still on dial-up? There must be a hell of a lot.

In this case, I wonder if it's so wise for porn sites to nix offering movies for dial-up users? On the other hand, I smile at the thought that probably most of those 33 million probably have highspeed for the sole purpose of porn, but it's just a guess.

Posted by sloth at October 1, 2005 10:52 PM

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