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Pornography is alive and well on the internet, and experts have said paper renditions are a thing of the past! Playboy (remember this former household name in erotica?) announced an end to publishing hard copies of nudes in October of 2015. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free,” Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders said at the time. “And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

Many analysts said the move by Playboy signaled the end of the one last stronghold of hard copy porn. It meant victory for online porn sites that require a paid subscription as well as hundreds of free tube sites!

So does that mean that hard paper erotic materials have vanished from the face of the earth? While it may look like the case with the end of Penthouse and Playboy publications, others are still in existence. Cheryl Magazine and Barely Legal still adorn the shelves of many truck stops and head shops. Also, adult stores always make good sales off porn DVDs. If offline porn is an endangered species, who still buys those things?

The answer is a mixture of nostalgia, limited internet access, the need for privacy, and quality preferences.

Consider the first point. Many people that were into porn long before the internet and PornHub surfaced are a nostalgic lot. Analog and vintage pornography offer a certain nostalgic appeal for people who started getting off in the golden years. People attest that the physical copy creates a tangible connection to erotica that the digital version can’t compete with.

In spite of the ubiquity of the internet, it is estimated that 15 percent of Americans still don’t use it. The people in this bracket are mostly the elderly, who consider the internet cumbersome to use. In the same vein, others complained of a lack of privacy and secure means of viewing adult material.

Complaints also emanate from people who are unable to consume pornography due to their specific niche or stigmatized interests. These interests include people into types of gay pornography or specific kinks like BDSM. For these consumers, physical copies of pornography offer a level of privacy that the internet fails to provide!

Then there is the issue of affordability. Many people still frown at the idea of paid subscriptions for viewing premium erotic content. Porn magazines and DVDs offer a one-time low cost, as opposed to recurrent internet subscription bills.

In conclusion, viewers refer to the enduring quality of offline porn. When they play a porn DVD, they get full-length, high-quality film they can come back to again and again, no bookmarking.