Among drowning dot-caoms, cybersex sails

May 2001
Contemporary Sexuality;May2001, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p8
The article reports that the Internet porn Web sites are bobbing in the surf of a much-feared recession that has drowned other cyber industries. In times of mass layoffs and dried-up venture capital, consumer demand for adult-entertainment Web sites continues to grow. According to Jupiter Media Metrix Inc., a company that does research about the Internet economy, individual visitors to X-rated Web sites soared more than 27 percent between December 1999 and February 2001, from 22 million to 28 million. An official at Penthouse's online venture crowed about profit margins between 50 percent and 200 percent; he admitted, however, that they are now less than before the economic downturn. A business that depends upon subscriptions instead of advertising was among the reasons given for the relative strength of the cybersex economy.


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