Porn statistics

Covenant Eyes have just released an alarming collection of porn statistics. If you don’t think porn is a significant problem, both in the wider culture and in the church, then please take time to look at these figures. Here’s a sample

  • 340,000,000 plus searches for porn since the beginning of 2013
  • 88 percent of scenes in porn movies contain acts of physical aggression
  • 1 in 2 pastors say porn is strong temptation, but only 1 in 4 make themselves accountable for their internet use
  • 1 in 2 Christian men and 1 in 5 Christian women admit to being addicted to porn
  • 9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls have been exposed to online porn before the age of 18
  • 7 out of 10 teenagers hide their online activity from their parents
  • 2 out of 3 young men and 1 in 2 young women say viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one’s sexuality

The most shocking figures in my mind were the following: 15% of boys have seen child pornography online, 32% have seen bestiality, 39% have seen sexual bondage, 83% of have seen group sex and 69% have seen same-sex intercourse and the figures for girls are not far behind. This is the sex education our children are receiving.

My own contribution to the discussion, Captured by a Better Vision (UK version) or Closing the Window (US version), focuses on showing how Christians can live porn free through faith.

6 thoughts on “Porn statistics

  1. Thanks for passing these on Tim – they are indeed shocking, but come as no surprise to me. A snap survey we did at our youthworker conference revealed that there were similar levels of interaction with porn among, for the most part, young Christian workers. Our Christian culture in general is still not that comfortable with talking about these things. Good at denouncing evils. Less good at articulating the glory and wonder of God’s gift of Sex. And pretty hopeless at helping those who are wrestling daily with these issues.

    Especially so with our children. Christian parents often feel they are serving their children by keeping stuff about sex from them. It’s a natural instinct to allow them a childhood uncomplicated by these things. But given that they are getting detailed sex education in school from age 6 onwards, we can’t put our heads in the sand. I think we need to be articulating a healthy Christian view of sex from a much younger age.

    See also Helen Thorne’s perceptive post about female porn addiction here: http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/blog

  2. Reblogged this on welshrev and commented:
    Please don’t form the impression this blog is about Christians moralising or being ‘holier than thou’.
    It really isn’t.
    It’s about something that wrecks and ruins human lives while people involved in it don’t notice what’s happening, and it’s a secret addiction that Jesus Christ can really do something about.

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  4. What is “1 in 4 percent” in the second bullet?
    As Christians, we not only “can live porn free through faith”, we must. If we do not, we do not belong to Christ. “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24 ESV).

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