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Searches for Pornhub have gone through the roof since NI entered lockdown

Searches for Pornhub have gone through the roof since NI entered lockdown

Searches for Pornhub have gone through the roof since NI entered lockdown

The people of Northern Ireland are ahead of the rest of the UK in one way of occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown.

Searches for Pornhub, the world's most popular adult entertainment website, have gone through the roof here since the government told everyone to stay at home.

So much so that last week Northern Ireland was above the other home nations for Google searches for the X-rated video sharing platform.

In second place was Wales followed by Scotland and then England, according to web traffic tracker Google Trends.

The figures come as everyone is still being told to follow the government policy of: "Stay at home, keep your distance and wash your hands".

On one day last week the top places for Googling the site were Maghera, Larne, Dunmurry, Limavady and Portglenone.

But the site is not among the favourites in Moira, Belfast, Glengormley, Enniskillen and Crumlin which recorded the fewest searches.

According to Google Trends, Bangor's favourite adult site is xhamster.com, based in Cyprus, which is also preferred by Moira and Belfast, though it must be stressed this site has nothing to do with animals.

Among the most searched for adult performers here are 24-year-old American actress Abella Danger and 23-year-old US Playboy model Elsa Jean.

Northern Ireland has form when it comes to reaching for the web to pass the empty hours.

Pornhub's statistics section has shown on St Patrick's Day the hits on the site from users in Northern Ireland rocket, with one year - 2015 - seeing 11% more traffic than an average day.

The most popular Google searches in Northern Ireland remain related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic including a massive spike in search for hand sanitiser.

Earlier this month Pornhub gave Italians free access to its premium content for the whole of March while the country endures one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe. This saw a 57% spike in users going to the site and when the same offer was given to the French and Spanish during lockdown hits from those countries shot up 38% and 61%, respectively.

Belfast Telegraph