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In the interests of serious investigative journalism, we spoke with 341 gay men from around the world and asked them some personal questions about porn.

We then checked our findings with a panel of experts — consisting of porn actors, porn directors, a health professional, and a relationship counsellor.

Here are the results.

How often do you watch porn?

Over 80% of gay men watch porn at least once a week, and 39% of gay men watch porn every day.

“I watch porn every day — I check out clips that show up on my Twitter and Tumblr feeds. The convenience and ready access we have to porn these days has played a big role in the rise in everyday porn consumption.”  —  Christian Mitchell, porn actor

Pretty much all gay men watch porn sometimes. We found 2% of respondents who reported that they never watched porn.

“I only watch it when I can’t be bothered to find a guy from a hook-up app.” — Yoshi Kawasaki, porn actor

Yoshi Kawasaki

Porn actor Yoshi Kawasaki. Photo Credit: Matt Spike (image supplied)

We did a follow-up focus group with 28 gay men to ask them about when they watch porn, how long they usually watch porn for. The average across that group was 27 minutes each session, with 39% of respondents reporting that they generally watch about 30 minutes at a time.

It’s not an exact science, but the picture that’s emerging is that most gay men are watching at least one hour of porn each week, and for many guys it’s a lot more.

“There are a number of ways that you can argue that porn can give people a distorted image of what sex is like, but it would be naive to think that it’s porn’s role to educate. The ease of accessing porn makes it all the more vital that LGBT-inclusive sex and relationships education is taught in schools, to counter some of the myths and misinformation that porn fantasy might support.”  —  Matthew Hodson, Aidsmap

How do you usually watch porn?

In terms of what device guys usually watch porn on, it’s fairly evenly split between watching on a laptop (50%) or watching on a phone (44%) — 4% of guys watch their porn in some other way, and 2% of guys reported that they don’t watch porn.

This technology and device question will be an interesting one to track over time, as with the increasing shift to mobile it’s likely that mobile will soon become most people’s go-to option when it comes to porn.

“I take my iPad with me to the gym and watch porn while I’m on the treadmill. It’s excellent inspiration. The guys using the equipment around me seem to like it too.” — Christian Mitchell, porn actor

Christian Mitchel

Porn actor Christian Mitchell. Photo Credit: Cooltompix (image supplied)

Who do you watch porn with?

82% of gay men generally watch porn by themselves.

15% of gay men watch porn sometimes by themselves and sometimes with someone else.

3% of gay men generally watch porn with someone else.

“Use of pornography does get discussed by gay couples coming for counselling. Pornography is like all other issues couples bring to counselling — it’s not whether the use of pornography is right or wrong, but whether the couple are able to navigate and find a solution if they have different opinions and desires.” — Nicholas Rose, relationship counsellor

What makes good porn?

This was a free text response, but we manually coded responses to do some analysis on what guys were telling us.

49% of guys want their porn to feel real, authentic — they want the actors to be into the sex, and to have a connection with each other.

“Fucking for porn is completely different from fucking in your private life. That’s why on camera, I try to give actions that are as genuine as possible. The audience can definitely tell if the actors are really having fun or just acting.” — Yoshi Kawasaki, porn actor

22% of guys want some sort of narrative or context to the sex that they’re watching.

19% of guys want their porn to feature a specific type of guy — whether that’s bearish guys, muscle guys, big cocks, or something else.

17% of guys want their porn to have high production values — they want good lighting, clear sound, interesting camera angles.

10% of guys specifically prefer amateur porn over professionally produced porn.

“Everyone’s a porn star these days, and it feeds into that insatiable need for more.” — Rogan Richards, porn actor and director.

8% of guys want their porn to be free of condoms, for them it needs to be bareback in order to be considered good porn.

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7% of guys want their porn to have intensity — they want the sex to be rough, verbal, and very physical.

“I enjoy porn. It’s good at what it does. It arouses you and it’s fun to watch while jerking off. It has a real value. But we’re looking to use the tool of gay erotica in a different way — not just to get you off, but to get you in touch with pleasure, connection, intimacy, and so much more.” — Davey Wavey, Himeros.TV

4% of guys are looking for porn that features some sort of kink.

3% of guys enjoy it most when cum-shots are featured.

2% of guys think porn is at its best when it features group action.

“I like to keep tabs on what my followers are into and what they find especially hot. I’ll make a mental note of it, so if the opportunity arises, I can work it into what I’m doing on camera.” — Christian Mitchell, porn actor

“People respond to the rawness and honesty of my films, or they just respond to how I look and fuck. When I film porn, I try to have as much fun and turn myself on as much as possible, knowing that the end result will have the same effect on my audience.” — Rogan Richards, porn actor and director

Rogan Ritchards

Porn actor and director Rogan Richards. Photo Credit: James Critchley (image supplied)

What are your fantasies?

This was a free text response, but we manually coded responses to do some analysis on what guys were telling us.

25% of guys are looking for scenarios that reflect everyday, realistic encounters. Meeting up through a hook-up app, or boyfriends having sex. They want something that’s believable.

11% of guys are looking for inter-generational scenarios between older guys and younger guys. 5% of guys would like these inter-generational scenarios to include incest-themed stories such as father/son.

9% of guys are looking for scenarios that involve threesomes, group sex or a gang-fuck.

6% of guys are looking for scenarios that involve sports or gym encounters.

6% of guys are looking for scenarios that are specific to a workplace — such as an office, a hospital, or a warehouse.

4% of guys are looking for scenarios that involve curious straight guys, students, cruising, uniforms, or outdoor sex.

3% of guys are looking for scenarios that involve dystopian, fantasy, or super-heroes, cuckold, massage, hostage, hitchhiker, kink, historical, or home-invasion.

“The one constant I see is that viewers get tired of seeing the same formula after a while, and then they want something new and different.” – Kristen Bjorn, porn director

How could porn be better?

This was a free text response, but we manually coded responses to do some analysis on what guys were telling us.

21% of guys want their sex to be more realistic. A lot of guys find porn that’s ‘over-produced’ to be a bit of a turn-off.

17% of guys highlighted bad acting, or bad dialogue as things that could be improved.

4% of guys highlighted that they don’t want music in their porn.

Guys talked about wanting to see the faces of the men having sex, not just wanting penetration close-ups, wanting to see guys undress, and for there to be some foreplay.

But there’s also a lot of guys who just want the actors to get down to it — 8% of guys highlighted that they wanted their porn to have less build-up and more action.

“Technology has made it easy for guys to film their sexual encounters and post clips online. However, the quality is all over the place — it’s just not well done, faceless, and downright boring.” — Christian Mitchell, porn actor.

13% of guys want more diversity in their porn. They want to see lots of different guys — not just muscle guys, but guys of all shapes, ages, and ethnicity. 10% of guys are specifically looking for porn that features guys with more realistic or everyday bodies, not physiques that they feel are unattainable.

“A subscriber posted a comment in our forum complaining that our models were too versatile. He said he wanted to see more tops who never bottom, because when they do, it ruins the fantasy for him. Another said that he wanted to see more solo scenes. It can be difficult to please everyone.” — Kristen Bjorn, porn director.

Kristen Bjorn Production

A Kristen Bjorn production (image supplied)

5% of guys highlighted that they want to see less bareback sex, more condoms, and more of an awareness of health issues. In contrast, 2% of guys highlighted that they want to see less condoms, and more of a celebration of bareback sex.

2% of guys also talked about the cost of porn. For these guys, the porn that they want to access is too expensive — they want it at a lower cost or for free.

“Porn is fantasy sex. It’s not surprising that many people don’t want to grapple with the realities of sexual health in their fantasies. A GMFA porn survey found that a lot of gay men felt that watching porn influenced their own sexual behaviour, including the sexual risks that they were taking.” — Matthew Hodson, Aidsmap

What does this tell us?

Porn is part of the everyday life of gay men. It’s something that they’re comfortable talking about, it’s not something they’re embarrassed about. The survey results were anonymous, but we had a lot of interaction with guys during the survey process — guys who were keen to take part, wanting to let us know when they’d completed it, looking forward to seeing the results and being able to compare their experiences.

What’s interesting is that porn is something that gay men have a definite opinion about, they have an emotional investment in it, they want it to be better, and they can articulate what they want their porn to be.

However, these results only give us part of the picture. We don’t have a clear view of how much gay guys are prepared to pay for the porn that they want to watch. In a rapidly evolving distribution landscape for gay porn, that’s something that would be interesting to understand.

It looks like we’re going to need to ask a lot more questions, and it looks like we’re going to need to watch a lot more gay porn.

“We’re looking forward to making the world a more orgasmic place, one gay man at a time.” — Davey Wavey, Himeros.TV

Himeros TV

Himeros.TV(image supplied)

Suggest a porn scenario that you want to see

We got some fantastic suggestions in response to this question, with a lot of guys keen to see their fantasies reflected in the porn that they watch. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Man walks in on his son’s friend smelling his used briefs. Tells him to get on his knees, or he’ll call the cops. The boy obliges, and gets down onto the floor with the briefs in hand. The man unzips his pants and points to his fat bulge in his tight white briefs. The boy starts vigorously forcing his face into the man’s crotch. He takes the man’s dick out through the fly and starts worshipping his cock until the man busts in the boy’s mouth, then pulls out to finish on his face.
  • Two ‘down low’ guys meet in line at the store, sense each other, then discover they live in the same apartment building. They get together to watch a football game, and the guest finds a gay porno mag in the host’s bathroom.
  • Journalist tries to get a story from a government minister, but he’s captured by security because he knows too much. They’re in a war situation, and the journalist is put under house arrest. The journalist is sexually abused and used by all the security guards and rebel fighters. The government minister is captured along with the journalist, but is detained in the revolutionary guards’ prison, where the prison guards fuck the minister to get information. The torture is extreme anal penetration by monster cocks, but the journalist gently fucks the minister back to health.
  • A curious twink, fresh out the closet, running away from home. Along the way, he meets a colourful array of fit guys of every body type. It’d be a sexy coming-of-age story, with jizz.
  • Two young gas station attendants, one gives the other a ride home at the end of the day. The driver invites the other guy in to cool off, smoke pot, and eventually go skinny dipping in the backyard pool. The kid’s dad comes home, teases them, then joins in.
  • High school team on a bus, they’ve just won the state championship. Bus breaks down on the way to the whorehouse for celebration. All the guys are horny and have to take care of each other’s athletic bodies.
  • A black tie formal event where the guests get blowjobs as part of the event, while they stay formally suited. I love formal wear and I hate it when the porn-stars get naked.
  • Guys from 2018 go back in time to the golden age of porn, and recreate some of the hottest scenes in gay porn history.
  • Gay Wipeout. Like regular Wipeout, but with naked dudes having to complete obstacles without succumbing to the assorted temptations around them. If you cum before the finish line you’re out.
  • Starts with a lad stumbling in on his Dad making out with the lad’s boyfriend. Lad watches, gets aroused by his Dad fucking the lad’s own boyfriend. Boyfriend sees him, Dad turns around, and then son joins in.
  • A teen is home alone while his parents are abroad. He invites friends over. A group of older burglars break in, and force the guys to have sex.

“Bareback porn now seems mainstream. I’m hoping that kink and fetish porn — watersports, fisting, BDSM— will become more popular.” — Yoshi Kawasaki, porn actor

Survey Methodology

  • We ran the survey via SurveyMonkey for seven days at the end of April 2018.
  • The survey was promoted through Twitter and Facebook. No incentives were offered for survey completion.
  • 341 responses were received.
  • Detailed demographic data regarding respondents wasn’t collected, but from observation, respondents appeared to be from numerous different countries, of different ages, and backgrounds. Social media insights indicate that most respondents were either in the UK or the US and were aged under 35.
  • Analysis of the survey results was completed manually.
  • A follow-up focus group was conducted with 28 gay men on 1 May 2018, focusing on the question of:
  • When you watch porn, how long do you usually watch porn for? This focus group was conducted via direct message on Twitter.
  • Initial analysis was shared with industry experts to source expert comments and insights.

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Part 7
It was a sunny, summer’s day in Newquay and Shane and Jason were sunbathing on the beach after spending the morning surfing. Shane and Jason had coordinated their shifts at the supermarket so that they could have the day off together. It was a Thursday, so they pretty much had the beach to themselves, and they’d found a secluded spot behind the sand dunes that was sheltered from the light breeze that was blowing.

“I wish we could do this every day…” sighed Shane.

“I know, right?” agreed Jason. “Surfing and sunbathing — why can’t someone pay us to do that?”

“Do you think tan lines are sexy?” asked Shane, lifting up the leg of his swim-briefs a little to check whether he had much of a tan.

“Definitely…” nodded Jason. “I love it when a guy is really tanned but then has a white ass with a really defined line where his swim-briefs have been.”

“Yeah… totally, that’s fucking hot…” agreed Shane. “But an all-over tan can be pretty sexy too — like Brazilian guys, they always seemed to be tanned head to toe.”

“How many Brazilian guys have you been with?” laughed Jason.

“None, actually…” smiled Shane. “But I’ve studied them closely online — they all seem to have all-over tans and huge cocks. So sexy.”

“Maybe we should work on our all-over tans?” suggested Jason.

“What — get naked here?” asked Shane.

“Why not?” grinned Jason. “There’s no one else around — let’s do it!”

Jason winked, undid the waist tie of his swim-briefs, hooked his thumbs into the waistband and pulled them down and off.

“Your turn!” declared Jason. Shane quickly followed suit and soon both boys were lying naked on their towels. “I like this…” giggled Jason. “Feels good to have sun on my ass. Makes me horny.”

“Everything makes you horny!” laughed Shane. “You’ve constantly got a hard-on!”

“Yup! nodded Jason. “Check it out!” Jason rolled over onto his back and proudly displayed his hard cock to Shane. Shane also rolled onto his back and grinned as his hard cock also sprang into view.

“So, are we going to just lie here with our hard cocks, or are we going to do something about it?” asked Shane. Jason rolled over on top of Shane and brought their mouths together in a deep passionate kiss, their bodies grinding together as their tongues wrestled.

“You boys want some company?” said a voice suddenly, coming from somewhere above them. Shane and Jason immediately broke off their kissing in surprise and looked up — there was a guy standing above them up on the sand dune. He looked to be in his early 40s, masculine and muscular, he was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. “Don’t mind me…” smiled the guy, realising that he’d startled the boys. “Looks like you’re having fun. How about we have some fun together?”

Shane looked quickly at Jason and could see that they were both thinking the same thing.

“Sure…” grinned Shane. The guy quickly walked down the sandbank to where they were and stripped off his clothes, revealing his hairy, powerful chest, and a long, fat, hard cock.

“I’m Frank…” said the guy. “This is my cock. How about you get acquainted?” Frank put his hands on the back of Shane and Jason’s necks and bent them over to bring both their mouths down to service his hard cock.

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Shane and Jason eagerly went to work, licking and sucking, slurping up and down the shaft of the hard cock, enjoying the feeling of their lips mashing together and their tongues entwining as the hard cock pushed between their faces.

“That’s it, boys… fuck… you sluts sure now how to work a cock…” moaned Frank. “Who wants their ass fucked first?” Both Shane and Jason immediately put their hands up while continuing to suck Frank’s cock. “So you’re both little cunt-boys are you? Whores for cock?” The boys nodded happily, turned on by Frank’s domineering and aggressive attitude. “On your hands and knees — show me those fuck-holes.”

Shane and Jason quickly positioned themselves on their hands and knees on their towels on the sand. Frank used one hand on the ass of each boy, prodding and probing with his fingers.

“Fuck yeah… such sweet boy-cunts…” admired Frank. Shane and Jason kissed, thrilled at the way that their sunbathing had turned out, loving the way that Frank was toying with their asses. After lubricating and loosening the boy’s asses with his spit and his fingers, Frank arranged them so that Shane was on his hands and knees and Jason was lying on top of him — their exposed asses lined up one on top of the other. Frank lined his cock up first against Shane’s spit-slick fuck-hole pushing it forward powerfully, pushing it in all the way.

“Ungh!” grunted Shane, feeling himself filled with Frank’s cock. After a few quick, hard thrusts Frank pulled his cock out of Shane and lined himself against Jason’s ass.

“Oh fuck!” moaned Jason, as Frank slammed his cock into him.

Frank began alternating his attentions — a few thrusts into Jason and then slamming his cock into Shane, ramming his cock in and out of Shane’s boy-hole before switching back to Jason and repeating it.

“So fucking hot…” growled Frank. “Two fucking boy-cunts… sluts… whores for cock… fucking taking my cock… going to get my load… oh fuck… fuck… here it comes…”

Frank could feel the cum boiling up inside him, he was so turned on by his encounter with Shane and Jason that he knew that he wouldn’t be able to last much longer.

“Oh fuck yeah… get ready boys… Ungh! Fuck! Fuck!” Frank pulled his cock out of Shane’s stretched fuck-hole and sprayed a huge load of cum over both of their asses, ropes of sticky white cum coating both of their fuck-holes. “Fuck yeah…” growled Frank as he fucked his cock back into Shane, and then back into Jason, using the head of his cock to swab up the cum so that he could push it deep inside the puffy boy-holes that he’d just fucked.

Eventually, Shane and Jason disentangled themselves and collapsed down onto their towels while Frank wiped himself up, got dressed and headed off down the beach.

“That was fucking hot!” laughed Shane, wrapping his arms around Jason and pulling him close for a tender kiss.

“Totally” nodded Jason happily. “We should definitely work on our all-over tans more often!”

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