1 in 5 watch online video clips daily … and just about 5 in 5 fib about what they’re watching

A brand-spanking-new survey of 1,492 Internet users over the age of 18 tells us that about 20 percent watch video clips online daily.

And, of course, you don't need no stinkin' survey to know what most of them are watching most often, right? (Wink, wink, say no more.)

Well, according to this Associated Press account of the poll by the Pew Internet and American Life Project: "On a typical day, 19 percent of U.S. Internet adults watch some form of video. News ranked first and comedy second overall."

Hmmm, but certainly that's not the case for young adults ... particularly, young male adults?

Nope, the Pew poll says it's "humor" clips; young adults are watching "humor" clips most often, while their older counterparts are keeping abreast of current events with a zeal that one would expect from the more mature set.

Not that I want to tell the pollsters how to do their jobs, but this would have been my follow-up question, particularly to the younger participants: "Is ‘humor' what you crazy kids these days are calling video clips of naked people having sex?"

Dig a bit deeper into the poll results and you will learn that there are a few honest folk among us, but not all that many, as 1 percent of those polled cop to having watched an "adult" video clip "yesterday," and, as for having watched a clip of that particular genre "ever," a laughable 6 percent acknowledge that, yes, they've clicked on such a link at one time or another, presumably by mistake or at the point of a gun.

The poll is said to have "a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points."

That could mean, if these results reflect reality, that it's theoretically possible that no one - not a single American over the age of 18 - watched a naughty video clip yesterday.

And, not to cast aspersions, but you - yes, you, dear reader - know that's not true, don't you.


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