Let's face it. The Internet, and a lot of people's computers, are full of porn. Sometimes deliberately, or maybe you've just got a bug on your computer that fills it with filth; it's totally your little brother's fault for clicking an unsafe link. Whether you're portraying modern days, the VR-laden future, or another universe entirely, any computer network of a sufficient size will have a place where one can indulge in the pleasures of the flesh. Porn constitutes about 30% of all internet traffic, according to one study. Some even suggest a porn search engine! (making the image to the right even funnier...)
Partly a result of The Rule of First Adopters. Ubiquitous enough to result in Rule 34. For some, the Internet has become such a convenient Porn Stash that it is single-handedlybreaking the trope Poor Man's Porn. The only people who have to resort to Poor Man's Porn are ones without the Internet or with heavily censored Internet.
Seriously, what are you doing on this website? (Probably Addiction Displacement.)
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Welcome to the N.H.K. — at one point Satou secludes himself from the outside world (even more) to fill his harddrive with porn. When he runs out of disk space, he starts deleting other stuff. Like his operating system files. Whoops.
In the manga, his porn obsession eventually leads him to build a massive customized rig just for pornography, complete with cavernous hard-drive, several monitors, high-fidelity headphones and a leather massage chair. In his parents' spare bedroom. Needless to say, it does not end well.
Chobits — Let's not forget that the main character wanted a persocom specifically to "surf the porn sites"
Keeping in mind that the computers here are humanoid, attractive, and naturally affectionate, it raises questions about just what the porn sites here are...
Space Dandy — A Chameleonian, an alien race whose true identity has not been seen by man, sneaks onto the Aloha Oe and messes with the gang by using Dandy's toothbrush, eating Meow's octopus flavored Popsicle, and visiting porn sites on QT's phone.
Paranoia Agent — a sleazy reporter investigating the "Lil' Slugger" case "borrows" a library computer used by two adolescent boys. When he gives it back to the boys, they promptly return to the site they were originally looking at, which is - you guessed it - a Japanese soft-core porn site.
In Real Drive, it is explained that this is the prime reason most of the population supported the development of the Meta-Real Network. Which given how much porn is attributed to the spread of video tapes, video cameras, HD-TV, broadband internet, and even printing, seems very plausible.
In Bloody Monday the main character tells his younger sister he's looking at porn, but that's only to keep her from peeking in on his hacking activities. Sick, but effective.
Invoked to explain why the alien data beings encountered so far are so obsessed with sex in Trans Venus. The implications for any such being evolving on Earth are... disturbing.
The whole reason Riko and Ako in Kiss X Sis get a computer is for porn, since it's free and uncensored. Of course, their plan fails.
The only time the Internet was used in Girl Friends involved a scene where Akko was surfing porn as research on how to have sex with Mari.
Downplayed in episode 4 of Kin-iro Mosaic. Aya thinks that Isami doesn't allow Shinobu to use the former's computer (with a lame excuse) was due to the latter's non-sexual blonde fetish. Aya's Imagine Spot of what Shinobu would do if she finds pictures of blondes online makes Shinobu's response look similar to a horny guy's response to pornography.
In Midori Days, Seiji and Midori go into a library at one point to find information. Seiji, not having had much experience with the Internet, is quite impressed with the search engine, and is halfway through typing "big tits" when Midori interrupts him.
Illya: Just how are you so well-informed about this, Kuro!? Kuro: I saw it on the Internet. Illya: This is all because of the net generation!
In chapter 0 of Centaur no Nayami, centaur Himeno has worried that her private parts looked abnormal ever since a boy had taunted her with a cow's rear end on an elementary school field trip. Her friend Nozomi's first idea is to go search the internet for porn, but Himeno's family doesn't have a computer.
"No, it is perfectly normal for global network throughput to spontaneously consist of over forty percent pornography. Slaanesh has nothing to do with it."
In In Flight, Shirou was under the impression the Internet was nothing else, much to Matsu's ire. She then proceeded to accidentally prove him right when she used a wide and extremely... inventive collection of porn as part of his computer training.
In the book, it goes even further: her husband ends up skipping town to become a full-time groupie for "Slutty Kay" (the internet porn icon he obsesses over), which presumably is similar to the way that Deadheads followed the Grateful Dead around the country.
In CSA: The Confederate States of America slavery is still legal, and online slave trading auctions have pumped millions into the economy... and pornography is still the top selling item on the net.
Holden: The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another.
The film adaptation of Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant used this as a joke. After Darren is transformed and nearly kills his little sister for blood, he returns to his room where he finds Mr. Crepsley sitting in the corner flipping through a magazine, and Crepsley casually comments "Interesting....I thought they had this on the Internet now."
Steel: How is the villain going to sell his weapons?
Damn right. We could pick up all kinds of good crap. Not just porno.
In The Innkeepers, when Claire goes through Luke's internet history to find his paranormal site, she finds that he had been using the work computer to surf for porn.
In American Reunion, Michelle's attempt to type in the first four letters of "amazon.com" reveals that her husband Jim had used the computer to visit "amazingcollegesluts.com".
Referenced in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, in a scene where Matt doesn't recognize Professor Bedlam. Annoyed, the villain asks, "Don't you watch TV? Read the newspaper? Use the Internet for anything other than porn?"
In Fireproof, Kirk Cameron's character Caleb Holt becomes so addicted to internet porn that when he takes on The Love Dare to get back his wife, one of the things he does is take his computer outside and trash it with a baseball bat.
Actual pornography is implied once or twice in Animorphs, but this being a kids' book, we get a more toned-down version: Marco uses the internet almost exclusively to look up scantily clad girls.
Dave Barry in Cyberspace frequently returns to the theme of computers being an excellent medium for sexual content. He even devotes a chapter of the book to his visit to "AdultDex", a trade convention for pornographic computer games.
America (The Book) referred to the Internet as a source of communication, information, and "a staggering array of human sexual fetish".
Wally's attempt at making downloading porn his job wasn't the first time Scott Adams satirized the subject. His article, The Holodeck Problem, says that real-life, Star Trek-like holodecks would be problematic because...well, you could probably figure out what the problem would be. He's even quoted as saying "it will be society's last invention."
Hivemind from The Overlord Protocol alludes to this trope with this quote: "I was granted instantaneous and total access to the entire Internet, Mr. Malpense. To be honest, I feel... dirty."
One of the jokes in Al Franken's The Truth (With Jokes) asserts that former U.S. Representative Tom DeLay believes this.
In Jenna Black's Replica, most young women in the Executive class are expected to be pure, innocent, and virginal to the point where they know nothing about sex. The internet, however, makes this pretty difficult.
In Joan of Arcadia, Joan's younger brother was shown to have an addiction to Internet porn.
However, he blamed it on his less geeky best friend, who did indeed routinely use that computer. It was never made quite clear who stored the porn on his computer.
In the very first episode of Chuck, a bomb is disarmed via a porn site that scrambles the computer of anyone using it.
Last episode, too, in a nice callback
Scrubs: According to Dr. Cox the internet is for porn, as evidenced by the page quote.
Somewhat relatedly, at one point Elliot says she created a chatroom called "I hate Cox", then adds the only people who go there are "Me, two interns, and 14,000 lesbians."
Inverted in Dexter : when the show's protagonist (and serial-killer) is interrupted while tampering with the police database, he promptly alt-tabs to a porn site, because that's what you do alone in an office with the blinds pulled down, isn't it?
Jay: He's probably on the internet looking up the answers to the exam questions.
Neil: And then having a wank.
Neil: Well, it's impossible, innit? I don't think I've ever been on the internet and not ended up having a wank.
House, when the titular character was trying to get out of doing something: "There's a lot of porn piling up on the internet... doesn't download itself!"
House: Sorry - up late. Internet porn.
Dr. Chase: How come you're not in your office?
House: Because there is a computer in my office. If I log on, romance will ensue. My wrist might fall off.
House: Infectious or environmental... all we have to do is check out parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions, radiation, toxins, chemicals, or it's internet porn related. I'll check the internet, you guys get the rest of the stuff.
House, to a Fellow: What's the matter? Got a problem with the naked female form?
Thirteen: Maybe because she's never seen it spooning with the naked dolphin form.
House: She's like the internet with breasts! Wait, no. The internet already has breasts.
Clarkson: This week I went on the internet, and I found this!
Odyssey 5. Given that the Sentients increase their artificial intelligence by absorbing code off the internet, they naturally pick up a lot of porn, so the synthetic human the group encounter in "The Trouble With Harry" is more than eager to explore this aspect with a couple of Kurt Mendel's good-time girls.
Referenced in QI, when Stephen Fry asked what makes up more than 70% of the internet and got the expected response (cue klaxon), before revealing that a study shows that less than 1% of the internet is porn. The term Jimmy Carr used was: "Gentlemen's special interest literature".
In Coupling the men debate the merits of drugs used in pregnancy, by the statment that there is no such thing as a natural, painless pregnancy, and that the Internet is a "research tool."
The first time Odo saw Jake Sisko leaving one of Quark's holosuites he was ready to bring him up on whatever charge relates to exposing a minor to that sort of thing, until Quark began gushing about the commercial possibilities of "family entertainment".
The Sopranos. When Tony's daughter realises they're likely to be raided by the FBI soon, she advises her brother to erase all that porn he downloaded off his hard drive.
In Queer as Folk Ted was frequently shown, and eventually got fired for, browsing porn sites while at work. Immediately prior to him getting fired it was shown that several of his co-workers were also viewing porn on the internet while they were supposed to be working. Keep in mind Ted was an accountant.
On Thirty Rock during their staff's temporary stay in Boston Pete informs them that they won't have internet access, and advises the guys to make arrangements "porn-wise".
Also when Liz put Frank in charge during her absence his first directive was to take down the office firewall "so we can browse porn again."
Referenced in The Closer, when Brenda becomes the "most downloaded fully-clothed woman on the internet", thanks to a video of her getting beaten by a Bridezilla.
One episode of Law & Order featured a case involving an investment banker who had become so obsessed with an online "live video chat" sex worker, to the point that she (and the gangsters she was working for) was using him to get insider information to make illegal stock trades.
On the Modern Family episode "Not In My House", Phil fails to clear his browser history, causing Claire to think that Luke has been looking at porn on the internet. Hilarity Ensues.
On Crownies, Tracey unwisely clicks on a link Tatum sends her. She ends up opening a porn site that she can't close down and which reappears every time she starts up her computer. She ends up smashing her computer so she can get a new one.
Battlestar Galactica: When Pegasus and Galactica meet and the former transmits supplies and computer updates to the latter, Felix Gaeta asks if there's any porn on the computer operating system update disks that Pegasus has sent.
On Running Wilde, Fa'ad credited Bill Gates for the invention of the "electronic porno machine".
Used in Sherlock: "If I wanted to look at naked women I'd borrow John's laptop."
John: You do borrow my laptop.
Sherlock: I confiscate it.
From The Colbert Report: "30% of Internet traffic is porn, according to the European Foundation for Underestimating Things!
A UFO documentary in the 90s made a claim that UFOs and aliens were the second most popular topic on the Internet. No points for guessing the most popular topic.
On Love That Girl this trope is the reason Tiana's father still does work with a type writer. It works and a full functioning computer is just a step away from porn in the workplace.
Laptop-holding Brandon Dicamillo opts out of one of Bam's "Viva La Bam" misadventures because he wants to "stay home and look up porn. And smut. *pause* Ew, it's a dog."
In one episode of The Red Green Show, Harold mentions that some people only use the internet for porn. He and Red then both look right at Dalton, who does his best to look casual (and fails miserably).
The West Wing: During Leo's I Want My Jet Pack rant in "Galileo", Josh points out that technological advances have brought the Internet, to which Leo summarily dismisses as "a more efficient means of delivering pornography."
Defunct a cappella group DaVinci's Notebook / DVN's-break-up survivor group Paul & Storm and their number Internet Porn, which contains a number of amusing(ly accurate) allusions to the sort of content one can find ("Girl on girl on girl on girl on girl on guy on sheep").
MC Frontalot's "Pr0n Song", which is about all of the various and sundry bizarre porn he's (or at least the character for the song) accumulated from the internet.
The Moldy Peaches – Downloading Porn with Davo.
This exchange from Dilbert deserves mention. Wally is setting out his long-range project goals at an annual staff meeting
Wally: My proposed work plan for the year is to stress-test our product under severe network conditions. I will accomplish this by downloading large image files from the busiest servers on the net.
Wally: (after his proposal is rejected) I was this close to making it my job to download naughty pictures.
Dilbert: Just as well; I'd have had to kill you.
Back in the 90's, a FoxTrot strip had Paige complaining about how no matter what she searched for, all she got were porn sites. Peter then points out that the "White House photos" results probably were legit, but...
A bit of Fridge Brilliance there (albeit possibly unintentionally): for a long time, "whitehouse.com" led to a porn site.
In Persona2: Innocent Sin, you can occasionally be asked by a demon, in your contacts, what the Internet is for. OBVIOUSLY, one of the options, no matter what character is being asked, is to say that it's for porn. It's always funny.
A lot of the porn on the extranet in Mass Effect involves Asari. Some of it also involves hanar (who have tentacles).
Between 2 and 3, Cerberus attempted to remotely shut EDI down. She responded by flooding their computers with seven zettabytes of porn (most of it was Joker'snote Unless that was a joke...). For comparison, the sum of all human knowledge around 2011 was estimated to be a quarter of a zettabyte of data.
In Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, heroine Claire is searching for a computer in a wrecked prison. She asks prisoner Steve if there's one to be found; he responds that he knows of three - "The guards mainly use them for games. Oh, and porn."
A 1998 strip of S.S.D.D starts with a wordy description of search engines, then shows Richard typing in F-R-E-E P-O-R-N.
In Questionable Content #112 the AnthroPC Pintsize claims to be objective at judging female breasts because of all the porn he had downloaded for Marten. In a later strip, while he browses his hard drive, he comes across his Porn Stash and gets distracted from his task. And in yet another strip Marten has to take him to be repaired by Marigold, who remarks on the amount of porn in Pintsize (then copies the hentai folder).
Pintsize's hard drive has been described as a 'private universe of porn', and his Twitter account is nothing but hentai and Rule 34. Which Marigold then rates the artwork of.
Gabe and mostly Tycho in Penny Arcade occasionally make reference to the bizarre and specific pornography they get online. One word: Ostriches.
In Friendly Hostility, while looking through the home computer of their boss, Derringer and Fox are absolutely shocked to see that their isn't a single pornographic image on his computer.
The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: When Slick mocks Bob for running a newsstand in the digital age, Bob starts expounding on the worth of print media. He's interrupted by the arrival of his customer Mr. Dirtygeezer, requesting his usual "girlie magazines and gumdrops." Slick responds that that's practically what the net is for. Dirtygeezer disagrees, since he can't get gumdrops out of his computer.
The SCP Foundation has SCP-335, which is the entire contents of the internet stored on 150 3.5" floppy disks. Disks 1-12 contain nothing but porn. To give some perspective, Wikipedia only takes up one disk.
Wikipedia is mostly text, text is much smaller than images or video.
Swaim: I typed in 'porn' - and porn came up! I typed in 'breakfast' - and porn came up!
Linkara's mentioned this trope a few times, notably as a joke reason why he wouldn't want to pay the overpriced online prices and shipping fees for a hardcover of Alan Moore's Lost Girls, and why he feels Frank Miller's "News in the Nude" and its real life equivalent, Naked News, hold no appeal.
During Noah Antwiler's commentary for his review of The Clones Of Bruce Lee, he notes that the film is not really worth the viewer's time (he notes he cut the film down to the funny bits in his review) and after Lampshading the possibility that his fans would be "lured by [his] promise of titties", he then points out that there are easier methods of finding Asian porn than locating a bootleg copy of the film.
Suburban Knights: the enthusiastic support for this premise by the entirety of Team 1 bites them in the butt when they need to get their information off someone who a) has a strong belief in the importance of purity of heart, and b) has been trapped in a book since the days of DARPANet.
Futurama: Roughly the first three minutes of "A Bicyclops Built for Two" is devoted to the subject, with porn sites and dirty chat rooms galore. Zoidberg is unimpressed... until he sees "Hot Sardine on Mackerel Action".
Fry: "I didn't think it was possible, but thanks to the Internet, I'm now bored with sex. Is there a place on the web that panders to my lust for violence?"
In the episode "A Big Piece of Garbage", the crew watches a documentary about pollution:
Fry: You got that on the Internet? In my day the Internet was only used for pornography. Professor Farnsworth: Actually, that's still true. Woman in video: Now that the, uh, garbage is in space, doctor, perhaps you can help me with my sexual inhibitions. Man in video: With gusto.
Geek: I invented a program that downloads porn off the internet one million times faster.
Marge: Does anyone need that much porn?
Homer: (drooling) One million times...
And From "The Great Wife Hope":
Marge: I simply Googled 'girls having fun' and, after 97,000 pages of porn, I found Crazy Bowling.
In Robot Chicken, a sketch involved a virus deleting all the porn on the Internet and people's hard drives. Predictably, there were riots in the streets. And world leaders broadcasting that this wasn't funny, 'Please, man, give us back our porn.'
South Park had an episode where everyone's Internet went down, plunging the nation into chaos (and Up to Eleven chaos at that, as conditions literally got as desperate as the 1930s Dust Bowl, and everything shifted to black and white). In the men's case (particularly Randy Marsh), the other problems were compounded by porn withdrawal (After internet porn, they couldn't go back to Playboy). One group created an "Internet Porn Simulator" by lowering hastily-drawn stick figure pictures into an empty monitor casing.
Further expanded on in The Movie, when Stan innocently (no, really) asks Kyle to look up "clitoris", without knowing it's a sex organ, and they get 8 billion hits. Including one of Cartman's mom, of course.
American Dad!: "Tyrannosaurus Rex; real. Babe-osaurus Rex; porn. A symposium on the Pangea theory of the Permian Extin - WOW, THAT IS SOME NASTY PORN!!!"
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In E-Dork, Carl uses his E-Helmet to watch porn constantly. "I think I'm actually done being horny. * Bestiality turns on* Oh wait... no we're not... no we are not!"
Master Shake gets Frylock to search for "super crime, girls in trouble and press release, how to" and returns "sex with animals".
In The Oblongs, Milo tells his friends how he's been running internet searches trying to find Helga's parents, but keeps getting sidetracked by porn.
Surprisingly, Family Guy's resident pervert Quagmire was unaware of internet porn until the 2009 episode, "Family Goy". After being told about it, he's not seen again until a scene a few days later where he reveals that he's been at home ever since, hasn't slept and his, er, "primary arm" has swollen to a grotesque degree of muscularity.
In a Beavis And Butthead episode, "Cyber Butt", the titular duo pressure Stewart into going on a porn site on the school computer.
An early episode of King of the Hill had Boomhauer talking about dang ol' internet:
Boomhauer: Yeah man, I tell ya what, man. That dang ol' internet, man. You just go on there and point and click. Talk about W-W-dot-W-com. An' lotsa nekkid chicks on there, man. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. It's real easy, man.
In one episode of Braceface, Sharon did a search for Red Riding Hood and accidentally came across some Red Riding Hood-themed porn.
In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Grim once misspelled the URL on a website meant to summon an ancient snake god by one letter and came up with a site that started making animalistic yowling noises and Grim tried to block the kids from seeing, and it crashed the computer.
It looks as if this phenomenon exist in any data network system: the French Videotex network, accessible through Minitels, had near half of the traffic consisting on the Minitel rose ("Minitel sex" or, litterally, "Pink Minitel") pages, which were the equivalent of phone sex on Minitel.