Sunday, March 29, 2015

Most popular porn keyword searches in Korea-- or are they?


A couple days ago I was reading an article on KT titled "What do Koreans google most?" which included the following tidbits:

Naver is No. 1 and Daum No. 3, according to the Google Trend website, Thursday.
Data also showed that people turn to Google for free downloads and porn.
Illegal file-sharing and downloading site Torrent was second, while the largest domestic porn site, minkeynet, was fourth.
In every 100 Naver searches, minkeynet was searched 15 times.
 ...
Google excludes keywords related to sex on its search rankings.

[Korea Times]

Of course, aside from the comical "meta" implications of "Naver" being the #1 Google search term, I was intrigued by that last sentence there, and started wondering what sex terms Koreans would be likely to search for. Now, I don't claim to know anything about this "minkeynet" but I know something or other of Pornhub, and for shits and giggles, I decided to see what the most common search terms originating in Korea would be.

Luckily, you can easily get that kind of country-specific info here which compiles top searches across the PornHub affiliate network.

Let's take a look.

Screenshot for top-10 Korea-originating Pornhub search terms ("straight" category) [pornmd.com]

Screenshot for top-10 Korea-originating Pornhub search terms ("gay" category) [pornmd.com]

So for those keeping score at home, that would be:

Straight categories
  1. korean
  2. japanese
  3. korea
  4. x art
  5. hentai
  6. japanese mom
  7. japan
  8. asian
  9. sora aoi
  10. milf
Gay categories
  1. korean
  2. japan
  3. asian
  4. japanese
  5. korea
  6. japanese daddy
  7. xvideo
  8. chinese
  9. japanese mature
  10. korean sex

Of course, while this information is (arguably) (very mildly) interesting, there are a few problems with it:
  1. Just how many Koreans would be navigating Pornhub, particularly when the article above indicates that this "Minkeynet" is quite popular (has "Soranet" fallen out of favor?)? I would wager that at least some of these search terms, if they are in fact coming from within Korea, are being done by expats. Of course there's no way to tell, and if there's one thing that's clear from working in Korea, it's that the average bloke (I speak mainly of 'salarymen' but I imagine it would be true for high school boys as well), regardless of his level of conversational fluency, has a broad knowledge of English vocabulary in this area (I can't tell you how many times guys have been shocked to discover that "oral" is an actual, clean-society word).
  2. That emphasized part above. Consider that the sources of these searches, Pornhub and its affiliates, are blocked in Korea by the Korean government. So I'm not entirely sure how this site is determining that these keywords are in fact coming from Korea. Even for those using a proxy/VPN service to access pornography here, the requests would likely be seen to geographically originate from a point outside Korea.
So, take these rankings with a grain of salt. Or a big hot load of scepticism. Or a steaming pile of suspicion. Or other such colorful vocabulary.


** Update: It turns out that at a post over at Via Korea they did essentially the same thing last year! Check it out and compare. It seems potty fetishes have fallen out of favor since 2013? Can't say I'm disappointed.

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