Everyone loves a bit of porn, right? Most gay men would freely admit to watching it, and some admit to performing in it. Like it, love it or loathe it, porn is something that all gay men seem to have an opinion about.

In 2012, we asked FS readers to share their porn habits with us in our ‘Big gay porn survey’. Why? Firstly, we were curious, about what you guys like to watch but we also wanted to find out if what you were watching had any effect on your sex life. Well, forward to 2016 and we decided to ask the same set of questions all over again, plus some extra ones, to see if there has been any change in gay men’s porn and sex habits. Here are the results...


We asked: How often do you watch porn?

Every day: 29%
A few times a week:  52%
Once a week: 9%
Once a fortnight: 6%
Once a month: 2%
Once every three months: 1%
Less than once a year: 0.8%
Once every six months: 0.1%
Once a year: 0.1%

This pretty much matches the results from 2012. The difference was that the number watching ‘every day’ had gone up by 5%.

We asked: How long do you usually watch porn for in one session?

Under 5 minutes: 3%
5 - 10 minutes: 17%
10 - 15 minutes: 20%
15 - 20 minutes: 16%
20 - 30 minutes:  17%
30 - 45 minutes: 10%
45 minutes - 1 hour: 10%
1 - 3 hours: 4%
3 - 5 hours: 2%
Over 5 hours 1%

The majority of gay men tend to watch porn, for between 10 to 30 minutes, which makes sense if a standard porn scene is between 15 and 30 minutes long.

We asked: When do you watch porn? (tick all that apply)

Morning 51%
Afternoon 38%
Evening 69%
Night 68%
At work 7%
Public toilets 5%
Parks, public buildings, etc 3%
Public transport 2%
School, college Uni... 2%
Other 2%

No surprise answers here, but 7% said they like to watch porn at work. Other answers included: saunas, hotels and at sex parties.

We asked: What type of porn do you watch? (tick all that apply)

Gay 98%
Straight 19%
Bisexual 19%
Transgender 4%
Other 1%

Other answers included: lesbian.

Back in 2012, we asked the same question, and we got the same results for gay porn. Straight and bisexual porn have risen by 3% each. Transgender porn has also risen by 3%.

We asked: How do you view porn? (tick all that apply)

Online via computer: 74%
Mobile phone: 60%
Smart tablet: 28%
Social media: 28%
DVD: 11%
Pub/club/sauna: 7%
 Magazines: 3%
Sex cinema: 1%
 Other: 1%

 In 2012, we asked the same question.

Online via computer: 92%
Mobile phone: 26%
Smart tablet: 12%
Social media: n/a
DVD: 30%
Pub/club/sauna: 9%
Magazines: 9%
Sex cinema: 2%
Other: 1%

There has been a steep decline in computer use, while mobiles and tablets have risen sharply. DVD’s have dropped by a third. A lot has changed in four years and we can see that the impact of changing technology is dictating how gay men view porn.

We asked: Do you pay to view online porn?

Never 85%
Occasionally 11%
Regularly 4%

With only a potential 15% of gay men saying they pay for porn, is that a cause for concern for the porn industry?

We asked: If yes – How much do you typically spend a month on porn?

£1 - £5 p/m 55%
£5 - £15 p/m 28%
£15 - £50 p/m 14%
Over £50 p/m 3%

We asked: If no - Would you ever pay for porn?

No: 56%
Maybe in the future: 30%
Yes: 14%

We asked: Tick the types of men you like to watch.

Same ethnicity as myself: 78%
Muscle guy: 71%
Different ethnicity from me: 59%
Twinks: 53%
Interracial men: 50%
Daddies: 46%
Bears/cubs/otter: 43%
Bi-sexual: 27%
Other: 6%
Trans men/trans women: 5%

Other answers, included: straight, hairy, scally, chav, thugs and celebrities.

We asked: Tick the types of sex you mainly like to watch.

Anal: 88%  Safe only:  29%
Bareback:  71% Voyeur:  28%
Oral: 71% Solo: 25%
Group/orgy: 69% Bondage: 24%
Amateur: 55% Rubber/leather: 18%
Gangbang: 54% Fisting: 17%
Role playing: 38% Men and women: 15%
Uniforms: 31% SM/CP: 13%
Watersports:   30% Other: 5%
Vanilla: 29%

In 2012, the top answer was ‘anal’ with 91%, followed by ‘oral’ at 81%. ‘Bareback’ was on 69% and ‘safe only’ was at 45%. So while watching ‘bareback’ hasn’t changed much, watching ‘condom only’ porn has dropped. All of the other answers closely match the 2012 survey.

We asked: Do you mainly watch porn...

Alone: 87%
With partner: 8%
With friends: 4%

We asked: Why do you watch porn?

Horny: 89%
Bored: 47%
Out of habit: 33%
Tense or frustrated: 22%
Other: 3%

 

We asked: Do you ever feel guilty watching porn?

No: 72%
Sometimes: 20%
Yes: 8%

Martin, 56 from London said: “There’s always a faint sense of doing something sordid, though I don’t think it is especially – however I wouldn’t do this with most other people I know. Also when I cum I can feel guilty or annoyed or cross with myself.”

Ryan, 23 from Birmingham told us: “You get a sort of low after the initial high sometimes. Almost like you’ve done something bad.”

Randy, 73 from the US said: “As a devout Roman Catholic I know I’m committing a mortal sin which must be confessed. It’s difficult to square that with the concept that God made me who I am, what I am, with a divine purpose, and more importantly, isn’t answering my prayers to be free from this sexual self or give this former husband and father a more acceptable outlet.”

Chris, 35 from London told us: “Watching porn reduces my sex drive and affects my sexual performance if I watch it too much. Because of this I cut down watching as it raises the amount of stimulation I need to get aroused. As I know it is bad for me, if I do end up watching I have felt guilty on occasions.”

And Jay, 23 from Glasgow said: “I feel  a little Catholic guilt. Sometimes I find really disgusting things that I would never do in real life, hot. I normally watch amateur, as in real people, self-uploaded, because I worry if studio guys actually want it or if they’re manipulated.”

Other men said that they worried about watching it too much and those who are in relationships told us they feel guilty as they should be focusing on their partner, not porn.

We asked: Do you think you watch too much porn?

No: 64%
Yes: 20%
Don't know: 16%

BAREBACK PORN

We asked: Do you watch bareback porn?

Yes: 76%
Sometimes: 20%
No: 4%

There is no change from the 2012’s survey.

We asked: Is bareback porn more appealing to you?

Yes: 56%
No: 32%
Don't know: 12%

We asked: Roughly how much of the porn that you watch features bareback sex?

I rarely watch it: 11%
Around a quarter of it: 17%
Around a half of it: 27%
Around three quarters of it: 14%
Nearly all of it: 24%
I only ever watch bareback: 7%

Here are the results from 2012:

I rarely watch it: 17%
Around a quarter of it: 29%
Around a half of it: 26%
Around three quarters of it: 11%
Nearly all of it: 14%
I only ever watch bareback: 2%

These results suggest that our consumption of bareback porn has increased dramatically since 2012, although that maybe down to availability. Does it have any effect on the sex we have?

We asked: Do you think watching bareback porn has led to you personally having unprotected sex?

No: 78%
Yes: 13%
Don't know: 9%

We asked the same question in 2012

No: 88%
Yes: 7%
Don't know: 5%

This is by no means scientific as both surveys are just snapshots of a particluar time but it suggests that gay men believe, in their own opinion, that their increased consumption of bareback porn is leading them to have unprotected sex. ‘Yes’ has increased by 6% since 2012. ‘No’ has dropped by 10%.

We asked: Do you think watching bareback porn can lead others to having unprotected sex?

Yes: 55%
Don't know: 28%
No: 17%

These results pretty much match the 2012 survey. Even though 13% of people who took this survey said bareback porn has led them to have unprotected sex, a huge 55% believe that it can affect others. What this shows us is that the majority of people believe that watching bareback sex does not lead them to having unprotected sex but that it does for others.

We asked: Should the making of bareback porn in the UK be illegal?

No: 75%
Don't know: 16%
Yes: 9%

In 2012, ‘no’ was at 68%, ‘yes’ was at 15%. This suggests the taboo around bareback porn may be changing.


Are you a porn star?

We asked: Have you ever done porn?

No 85%
Yes 15%

In 2012, ‘yes’ stood at 11%.

If yes, why did you make porn?

It was homemade porn: 77%
I always wanted to do it: 20%
I needed the money: 18%
Other: 12%

 

In 2012, ‘homemade’ stood at 61%, ‘I always wanted to do it’ was at 38% and ‘I needed the money’ at 18%. No surprise that homemade porn has increased, due to the advances in technology and better cameras

We asked: Have you ever recorded yourself performing a sex act?

Yes: 68%
No: 32%

Yes’ has increased by 13% since 2012.

If yes, who did you record yourself with? (tick all that apply)

Solo: 47%
An ex-partner 36%
Sex buddy 36%
My current partner 30%
A random stranger(s) 24%
Friend(s) 11%
Other 1%

There’s not much change in this since 2012.

We asked: Have you (or has anyone else) ever uploaded a video of you having sex to the internet?

No: 82%
Yes: 18%

‘Yes’ has dropped by 6% since 2012. Are gay men becoming more wary about uploading their naked bodies to the internet?

We asked: If yes, why did you upload it to the internet?

Connect with like-minded people: 53%
AWanted positive feedback: 33%
I was curious: 21%
Uploaded without consent: 19%
Bored: 16%
Other: 15%
I did it for the money: 6%

‘Someone uploaded it without my consent’ has jumped by 10% since 2012. We often hear tales of gay men finding their personal videos/pictures on Tumblr or shared on forums. The fact is, if you don’t want your personal videos on the net... don’t send them to people you can’t trust. Also remember, that uploading someone’s video/images without their consent is illegal and you could be prosecuted. So if someone sends you private stuff, be careful what you do with it.

That’s it, folks. These are the results of ‘The FS Porn Survey 2016’. Porn will always be a big part of gay and bisexual men’s lives. However, it’s important that we know the difference between fantasy and reality. FS editor, Ian Howley has the final say on these results...  


FS editor, Ian Howley, says...

PORN IS ENTERTAINMENT, NOT EDUCATION.

The most interesting part of this survey are the stastics that came out of the bareback porn section. 13% told us, in their own opinion, that watching bareback porn has led them to have unprotected sex. When you add the ‘don’t know’ results that increased to a potential 22%. That’s up 11% from 2012.

The truth is we cannot say that bareback porn is to blame for the rise in unprotected sex (or HIV infections). To do this we would need a much more complex research project, e.g: find gay men who have never watched bareback porn, study their current sex lives, then introduce a some of them to bareback porn and monitor changes in their sex lives a period of time. Until a study like that is done we don’t really have proof. Yes, it’s someone’s own personal opinion, that doesn’t make it fact. Sometimes we may say something (e.g: porn, alcohol, drugs, parents) made us do something that we might well have done anyway. But what do gay men think about the effect of bareback porn on other men?

You’d think that in 2016 we’d be at the stage where young gay men wouldn’t have to rely on porn as a way of learning the ins and outs of what it’s like to have sex with a person of the same gender. But alas, we’re still stuck in this position. Rather than spending time trying to fight bareback porn, I believe we should be collectively challenging the government to provide proper sex and relationships education for gay men (of all ages). Until the government has the courage to introduce adequate sex and relationships education for everyone, we must do our best to make sure that when a 13-year-old googles the words ‘gay sex’ he’s not met with images and videos that he shouldn’t be looking at, but with appropriate content that helps him develop a healthy and informative attitude to gay sex.

Porn is here for a reason. It’s adult entertainment and we need to remember that. Should porn companies have some responsibility to provide a safer sex message? Yes, I do think they should be held accountable to some extent, but we’d be doing more good by putting effort into supporting those who are trying to educate gay men about the risk of STIs and HIV, while helping them develop happy and healthy relationships.


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