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Are You Using Facebook As a PG-Rated Porn Site?

If MySpace is (was?) a place for friends, then Facebook is a place for scoping out your friends’ hot friends.

Some seventy percent of all social networking activity amounts to viewing pictures (so stop updating your status all the time!), writes Amanda Marcotte as she explains the habit of straight guys using their friend lists to spy photos of cute girls in bikinis — photos that are standard for sharing among friends, but turn into PG porn for men blessed with too much free time. And while Marcotte doesn’t venture into the voyeuristic habits of gay men and women trolling their friends’ spring break albums for six packs and boobies, we’d argue that we’re just as likely to be turning Facebook into a work-friendly XTube.

What’s so appealing about Facebook to use the site for peeping? Besides it being a page that’s more socially acceptable to bookmark than hardcore skin sites?

For one, you can be almost 100 percent certain the bare torsos you’re viewing belong to real people — which isn’t to say porn stars aren’t people too, but there’s a reason even porn consumers are gravitating toward amateur smut. For another, if you are viewing your friends’ friends’ photos, that means these people are just a couple degrees away from you socially, and it might be easier to arrange a real-life encounter with that bubble butt or hairy chest.

So fess up, Queerties: How often are you clicking on Facebook to sneak a peek of a friend’s impromptu hot tub photo shoot?