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The Government Shutdown Has Been Good For One Thing According To PornHub Data


The federal government has been partially shut down by President Donald Trump for almost a month now. Furloughed workers and those forced to work without pay are under copious amounts of stress, attempting to feed themselves and their families and find enough extra cash to cover rent and bills.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are being forced to return to work without any sort of payment or compensationLocal businesses across the country are giving unpaid government employees free meals as a means to help them through this tough time.

Add to them all the government contractors not working because of the shutdown President Trump said he would be “proud” to create and that’s a lot of people out of work.

So, how are these federal employees and contractors coping with all the stress?

Pornhub might be able to answer that question.

The adult video website reported traffic has shown an average daily increase of almost 6% during the third week of the shutdown, January 7th.

pornhub government shutdown traffic

Pornhub reported on data from this week because it was no longer affected by other influences, like holiday vacations.

As depicted in the chart above, the popular adult video platform has seen a spike in late-night traffic and a spike in the afternoon.

Often times, increases during these hours can be attributed to winter storms and holidays, as they mean people won’t have to go into work the following morning, and therefore don’t feel bad about staying up late and, erm, entertaining themselves.

Pornhub confirmed that this might be a similar situation:

“Those fluctuations are similar to other events when people tend to stay up later and sleep in when they don’t have to go to work in the morning.”

Pornhub reported additional, separate data focusing on Washington D.C. which showed an average daily increase of more than 6% 

While the peak time remains around 1 a.m. unlike the national average, the folks in D.C. seem to be watching more around 10 p.m.

Now, of course it is the middle of winter and around this time, people tend to cozy up inside more often and avoid the cold. But still, given the timing it is difficult to deny a steadied correlation here.

And adding to that, average visit time went from 10 minutes 37 seconds to 11 minutes 10 seconds, increasing by 33 seconds. Pornhub commented that this suggests that this is:

“Further indicating that some people have a bit more time with on their hands.”

People thought the correlation was hilarious:

Considering all of the stress these government workers are under right now, some aren’t surprised at the sudden spike:

After all, gotta fill the time somehow. Right?

People came in with the puns:

And some were quick to credit themselves:

Come on now, guys. Don’t take credit for a proud accomplishment from the government!

Pornhub added:

“If you find yourself with some extra time due to the government shutdown, just remember that here at Pornhub we’re always HARD at work.”

No word as to when President Trump’s government shutdown is going to cease and employees are going to be paid again, but in the meantime, at least they found a way to bide the time.


Written by Alex Maxx

Alex is an author with a passion for storytelling, black coffee, and the oxford comma. She has been published in POPSUGAR, Diply, Alloy, The Mighty, Yahoo, College Fashionista, and Her Campus. When she isn't busy attempting to smash the glass ceiling, or dismantling the patriarchy, she enjoys binge-watching true crime documentaries, online window shopping, and going on adventures and exploring new places.
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