How long would it take to watch all the porn in the world? Is it even possible? This is what my friends and I were wondering the other day at the pub. Being a bunch of math students, we whipped out a pocket calculator to find out. Here’s what we came up with.
To produce a really conservative estimate, let’s restrict ourselves only to amateur sex tapes produced by couples in the United States. How many are there? How long would it take to watch them all if it was your full-time job? There are currently 307 million people in the United States. Suppose that two-thirds of people will at some point be part of a couple. That’s 102 million couples. Suppose that only 5% of these couples will ever produce a sex tape. That’s 5 million sex tapes produced by people who are currently living in the US. Given that the average life expectancy is 78 years, we can err on the safe side by assuming that about 1.3% of those sex tapes will be made this year. Add that all up, and we can safely assume that 65,598 sex tapes will be made in the US this year.
By taking a straw poll, we guessed that the average sex tape would be 10 minutes long after editing, but let’s call it 5 just to be sure. Therefore 327,991 minutes of sex tape will be produced this year. If you unrolled that much VHS tape, it would stretch between Toronto and Montreal. If you put all that porn onto DVDs, it would make a stack 13 stories high. So, is it feasible to watch that much porn?
If watching porn was your full-time job (40 hours per week, all year round, no holidays), you would only be able to watch 38% of the amateur sex tapes made this year in the United States alone. The more you watch, the further behind you fall. I conclude based on this analysis that it is absolutely impossible to watch all the porn in the world.