let’s all take the time first to appreciate our range of choices. Here it is the golden age of porn, and not only can we have it on tap like a water faucet, but we can get it on desktop and mobile, and have anything from images to animated GIFs to video clips to full movies to live cam chat sessions. This is the top of the form, and there’s no room for improvement.

That said, there’s several advantages still images have over movies…

Still images are quiet.

Almost nothing’s worse than playing a video at 1 AM with unexpectedly loud audio that wakes up the whole house. Yes, we have mute buttons, but there’s a guarantee that Murphy’s Law will cause you to forget to preemptively mute it and have to scramble for the button when your hands were, uh, otherwise engaged.

Still images are timeless.

Some of us do get nostalgia for the old days of Playboy centerfolds found cached around the woods. But beyond that, video formats change with the ages, while image file formats are more forward compatible. Videos made for formats like RealPlayer, Apple QuickTime, WinAmp, and Flash are all mostly unplayable now without some codec finagling. JPG images from 1991 still work on anything right now. If you happen to have a yen for 1990s porn with the glossy highlights or 1960s porn with those mushroom cloud hairdos and pointy, accusing nipples, that’s all still archived on the Internet forever.

Still images are more varied.

There’s plenty of amateur models who don’t have access to equipment and technical know-how to make good videos, but most anybody can at least take a phone selfie. Gals who are reluctant to post detailed movies will still sometimes consent to the shy boob flash. You get more variety this way, and have more of a selection to choose from.

Sometimes the best movie is your imagination.

Let’s face it, the actors onscreen aren’t always following the script the way we’d write it. Porn is experienced personally and subjectively. It’s easier to look at a gal and imagine her later in your favorite girl-on-girl pegging scene than it is to watch the movie and have them ruin it by making you look at a dude.

Anyway, video continues to be a popular choice anyway, so it’s not like they’ll stop making them. That’s the beauty of the new porn age: You can have both indiscriminately.