Porn Info and Statistics

There’s a surprising amount of information out there about the porn industry. I’ve done quite a bit of looking, and though there are some conflicting numbers compiled by different researchers, one thing remains evident: porn is a huge problem in America. The industry is not only huge, but growing steadily!

Some of the best figures I found were comprehensively researched and compiled by www.covenanteyes.com. They put out an information packet that can be downloaded here.

  • The porn industry in total revenue has been estimated at up to $13.6 billion in 2006 alone.
  • In the year 2000, 60% of websites visited were sexual in nature.
  • That same year, the trade association of the adult entertainment industry reported that 1% of websites were adult in nature, but accounted for almost 40% of all internet traffic!
  • According to research done by the Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, 14% of the online population of America visit adult sites and spend an average of 6.5 minutes per visit.
  • The number one search term used on online search engines is “sex.” “Pornographic/porno/porn” is the fourth most used search term.
  • According to a Forrester Research report, 19% of North American users were regular visitors to adult content sites. Of that 19%, approximately 25% were women, 46% were married, and 33% had children.

Another great informational report that Covenant Eyes references was done by the Free Speech Coalition, and can be found here. 

There are even more shocking statistics concerning porn use and the adult entertainment industry which I don’t have time or space to list. Porn is huge and many more people invest in it than we tend to think. Just check out the report.

Included in Covenant Eyes’ research is this disturbingly true quote:

It seems so obvious: If we invent a machine, the first thing we are going to do—after making a profit—is use it to watch porn. When the projector was invented roughly a century ago, the first movies were not of damsels in distress tied to train tracks or Charlie Chaplin-style slapsticks; they were stilted porn shorts called stag films. VHS became the dominant standard for VCRs largely because Sony wouldn’t allow pornographers to use Betamax; the movie industry followed porn’s lead. DVDs, the Internet, cell phones. you name it, pornography planted its big flag there first, or at least shortly thereafter19 (Damon Brown, author of Porn and Pong).

Pornography is so prevalent today it is almost indellibly a part of our culture. Many people hide it under a guise of outward purity, but are burning inside with lust – many more than would admit to it. We need to stand up and do what’s right for ourselves, our wives, our families, our legacy, and our Lord by breaking free from this destructive pattern. If this affects you, ask the Lord for His help in making a way of escape for everyone enslaved and broken by porn, making it a prayer continually on your lips.

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