When Pokémon GO and porn collide

Angus Kidman 14 July 2016

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Gotta crotch 'em all, apparently.

So here's the ultimate proof that there's no apparent limit to the global obsession with Pokémon GO: people are actively searching for Pokémon on porn sites.

I'm not surprised that the massive success of Pokémon GO led to an upsurge of people wanting to listen to the theme music from the TV series, or that brands quickly tried to work out ways to latch onto its success. But I really didn't anticipate that people would also be poking around and seeking out adult content. I was wrong.

Pornhub's Insights blog reveals that searches on its site for Pokémon went up 136% following the launch of the game. The most disturbing thing about that statistic is that this wasn't from a zero base. People were seeking out Pikachu nude selfies even before Pokémon GO came out. Reminder to self: I'm not here to judge.

Some of the other key statistics that Pornhub unearthed:

  • 18-24 year olds are 336% more likely to seek out adult Pokémon content. Have fun, kids.
  • The geographic area with the highest volume of searches is South America. One possible explanation here? The game itself hasn't been released in that region yet.
  • Android users are 51% more likely to search for Pokémon porn than iOS users. This may well be because Android is more popular overall.

What this really suggests is that Pokémon GO is a genuine cultural phenomenon, not just a one-week obsession. It's surely only a matter of time before the actual porn parody videos appear. Finding those is an exercise I'll leave for the reader.

Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears Monday through Friday on finder.com.au.

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