Thanks for being awesome, NPR.
Breaking news: Sex is popular online.
“Sex had played a major role in driving many technologies,” says Jonathan Coopersmith, a technology historian at Texas A&M.
The example most people are familiar with, he says, is the VCR. Many early video cassettes were pornographic, and consumers’ desire to view the material in their own homes fueled the early dissemination of the technology.
Think back to the early days of the Internet, Coopersmith says. “You had to have the hookup, you had to have the computer, you had to have the willingness to experiment a fair amount. And the people who do this tend to be young men, especially in their 20s and 30s, and this also happens to be a prime audience for pornography.”
Also, I love these nerdly porn photos. Take that, Vejazzlers!