Where Do You Click and What Does it Mean?

Author Bill Tancer says Americans are clicking on a lot of adult Web sites.

ByABC News
August 27, 2008, 11:22 AM

Aug. 28, 2008— -- For centuries we have traveled the earth seeking knowledge. But today, if you want or need to know anything, from the meaning of life to the location of the nearest Starbucks, those answers are just a click away.

But are there other mysteries hidden in that unassuming Internet search box? In his new book, "Click," Bill Tancer, who has spent years analyzing how 10 million Americans use the Internet, said he has learned a lot about who we are by examining what we search. (To read an excerpt of the book, CLICK HERE).

"It's an insight into ourselves that we haven't really had before," Tancer said.

So what are we thinking about in these dog days of summer? Mom? Baseball? Apple pie? Not exactly.

"On any given week about 10 or 11 percent of all Internet visits are going to porn sites," Tancer said.

Considering the massive amount of traffic on the Web, 10 percent is a lot of pornography. Adult entertainment endures as the number one destination on the Internet.

But who is logging on to these sites? As you might guess it is mostly male-dominated, but women do search for adult sites as well. The types of materials searched for within these sites changes when it is a man versus a woman.

"It is mostly male -- about 75, 78 percent on any given month or week," Tancer said. "When we look at the female component, we find that it's a much different usage pattern than males. They're looking at sites where people are creating -- creating texts, creating stories, erotic stories."

The men look at the pictures while women are reading the erotic literature.

There are also differences between who is searching on these sites and how they are searching these sites between the so-called red and blue states, Democrat versus Republican.

"Some of the blue states, the interest was more about directories of adult entertainers," Tancer said. "Like sites that listed directories of, of call girls or escorts."