So given the growth of the ab/dl community was initially through the Internet I wondered if that growth has continued over time. Obviously there isn't a direct way of checking this, so I settled for a Google Trends check.
For those that don't know Google Trends shows the quantity of searches for a given criteria over time. The "100" is the high point of most search requests, and everything is based from a given "100" point.
Here is a link to see what I found:
I am not too surprised that "adult baby" dominated the volume of the result data. TV documentaries have firmly embedded those words into the general public. If you remove adult baby as a search criteria it appears the other words are roughly equal in volume of relative searches.
Some observations though.
1. Unexpectedly it appears relative traffic has actually gone down from 2004. This really surprised me as I assumed through the proliferation of the Internet that naturally more people would utilize it to find others.
2. Something huge happened in October 2008 for "adult baby" and I frankly don't recall what it was. I'm assuming it was a single event because the traffic is literally a spike and it instantly goes down immediately following that October. Traffic for the other searches was 12% combined relative to adult baby that month. Give that was roughly my first year becoming aware of my own DL-ism, I wasn't aware of the community then. For those that have been at this longer, care to enlighten me to anything that may have caused that?
My first thought was the CSI episode that featured an AB victim, but that was shown in 2005. My second was the woman that talked on Tyra Bank's show. However the video on YouTube was posted May 12, 2008. And it has less than 300,000 views so hasn't been too popular at least on YouTube.
Corrected initial year. Google Trends starts from 2004, not 2005.