Because of the following statistics and personal experiences I want to do a short series of blogs on the scourge of pornography facing all of us today — a Tsunami hitting our social environments, and the missionary and pastoral community.
Statistics can be boring. But statistics can also be enlightening. Here are some statistics showing the increase of pornography use in our society. The sheer number and weight of these statistics should impact us with a major negative reality being faced by society and individuals today. This is a tidal wave hitting humanity spurred on by our technology.
After reading these statistics, meditate for several minutes on what impact this could have on the human brain, male-female relationships, marriage, and internal guilt & personality conflict. And if you are a missionary and pastor Caregiver, think about the impact of this for some of those coming to your Oasis or sessions.
These are from a website and ministry called, Mind Armor. This site is useful in helping overcome an addiction to pornography and therefore should be in our arsenal of helpful ministry tools.
- 66% of Internet-using 18- to 34-year-old men look at online pornography at least once a month. (1)
- Over 40% of women are involved in online pornographic, cyber behavior. (2)
- 70% of Internet pornographic traffic occurs during the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday. (3)
- The largest consumers of Internet pornography are 12- to 17-year-olds. (4)
- 12% of all Internet sites, or more than 26.6 million sites, are dedicated to pornography. (4)
- 90% of 8- to 16-year-olds have viewed pornography online. (5)
- Two out of three companies have disciplined employees for misusing the Internet at work, and pornography topped the list of abuses. (6)
- As of October 2008, about one quarter of employees visit Internet pornography sites during working hours, according to Nielsen Online. This figure increased 23% from October 2007. (7)
- Globally, pornography is a $97 billion industry—$13 billion of which is from the United States. (8)
- About 83% of pornography addicts are men and 17% are women. (8)
- Pornography is used by 87% of college males and 31% of females. (9)
- 2.5 billion emails per day are pornographic related. (10)
- 25% or 68 million of all search engine requests daily are pornography related. (11)
- U.S. adult DVD and video rentals in 2005 reached almost 1 billion. (12)
- 47% of families said pornography is a problem in their home. (13)
- 73% of movie searches in colleges nationwide were for pornography-related content. (20)
- 70% of 18- to 24-year-old men visit pornographic sites in a typical month. 66% of men in their 20s and 30s also report being regular users of pornography. (21)
- 88% of the pornographic videos analyzed show physical aggression against women. (22)
- 56% of divorces involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornography. (23)
- Anne Layden, co-director of Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology at the University of Pennsylvania called pornography “the most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today.” (24)
Christians and Pornography
- 70% of Christian men admit to struggling with pornography in their daily lives. (14)
- 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women admitted to an addiction to pornography. (15)
- 55% of pastors admitted to visiting a pornographic site. (16)
- 53% of Promise Keepers’ men surveyed admitted to using pornography in the last week. (17)
- 57% of pastors say that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation. (18)
- In December of 2000, the National Coalition to Protect Children and Families surveyed five Christian campuses to see how the next generation of believers was doing with sexual purity: 48% of males admitted to current pornography use; 68% of males said that they intentionally viewed a sexually explicit site at the school. (19)
Sources for Staggering Statistics
- (1) http://www.puredesire.org/what/approach.asp
- (2) Counselor, June 2006, pg. 34 “Women and Sex Addiction” by Dr. Patrick J. Carnes
- (3) http://www.netsentron.com/forum/content-filter-why/
- (4) Internet Pornography Statistics. Internet Filter Review, 2004. CBS News: The Passionate Eye –“O.com. Cybersex Addiction” Aired Monday February 7, 2005, at 9 p.m., on CBC-TV. http://dannimoss.wordpress.com/2008/05/19/statistics-on-pornography-sexual-addiction-and-online-perpetrators/
- (5) London School of Economics, January 2002. http://erlc.com/issues/quick-facts/por/
- (6) Saratoga Institute, 1999. http//www.pwcservices.com
- (7) M. J. McMahon, publisher of AVN Online Magazine, reports that hits are highest during office hours than at any other time of day. The Tangled Web of Porn In the Office Newsweek December 8, 2008, issue
- (8) http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-29697 -2010
- (9) A study in the Journal of Adolescent Research, January 2008. http://jar.sagepub.com/content/23/1/6.abstract
- (10) Pornography Statistics, 2003. Family Safe Media. www.familysafemedia.com, 2003.
- (11) Internet Pornography Statistics: 2003, David C. Bissette, Psy.D. www.healthymind.com , 2004.
- (12) U.S. Sex Industry breakdown for 2006: Video Sales and Rentals: 3.62 billion
- (13) Christians and Pornography. Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003.
- (14) http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/04/04/porn.addiction/index.html
- (15) From the results of a ChristiaNet poll reported by Marketwire.com.
- (16) http://www.puredesire.org/media/willow_v13_i3_p20-23.pdf
- (17) A 1996 Promise Keepers’ survey at one of their stadium events revealed that over 50% of the men in attendance were involved with pornography within one week of attending the event.
- (18) Christians and Sex Leadership Journal Survey, March 2005 vii.
- (19) National Coalition to Protect Children and Families survey in December of 2000.
- (20) A study of university networks by Palisades Systems April 1, 2003 – Des Moines Register
- (21) First-person: the culture of pornography, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Baptist Press, 28 December 2005.
- (22) “The Social Costs of Pornography.” Stoner and Hughes.
- (23) http://marriagegems.com/2010/04/02/porn-in-use-increases-infidelity-divorce
- (24) http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/11/65772