Is The Adult Industry In a Recession Too?

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According to a CNN article, adult DVD/video sales may be down due to both economic issues as well as the wide availability of free video on the internet whereas toy sales may possibly be somewhat steady (a familiar storyline but one that’s difficult to prove given that most adult companies are private).

["Does Sex Still Sell?" via CNN]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • David

    This probably is true. I have bought a magazine or a DVD from the adult bookstore perhaps only 3 times in the last 6 years. The free photo samples and video samples on the web are enough to keep a person stocked up for life.

    For a long time, only 20 – 30 samples of movies were available and they had to be put in loopback mood to be of any use. I don’t think that joining a website to get to the full length sex scenes was appealing to a lot of people. So perhaps they still went to the bookstore to buy to full length DVDs. But in the last couple of years, entire 20 minute sex scenes are available for free. So, people (particularly females) don’t have to join a website, nor enter an adult bookstore.

    A few of my female friends confess to anonymously going to the net for hardcore masturbation material that gets the job done. They like the really dirty stuff. The few gals I know that go to adult bookstores do it because it has a turn on effect for them. These women get turned on by guys who are fixated on them as they look at sex toys that look like big veiny male sex organs.

  • David

    This probably is true. I have bought a magazine or a DVD from the adult bookstore perhaps only 3 times in the last 6 years. The free photo samples and video samples on the web are enough to keep a person stocked up for life.

    For a long time, only 20 – 30 samples of movies were available and they had to be put in loopback mood to be of any use. I don’t think that joining a website to get to the full length sex scenes was appealing to a lot of people. So perhaps they still went to the bookstore to buy to full length DVDs. But in the last couple of years, entire 20 minute sex scenes are available for free. So, people (particularly females) don’t have to join a website, nor enter an adult bookstore.

    A few of my female friends confess to anonymously going to the net for hardcore masturbation material that gets the job done. They like the really dirty stuff. The few gals I know that go to adult bookstores do it because it has a turn on effect for them. These women get turned on by guys who are fixated on them as they look at sex toys that look like big veiny male sex organs.