Pornography is an Epidemic

The Lighted Candle Society maintains a site of pornography statistics culled from various sources.  It features a clean layout and a sobering look into America’s growing addiction to pornography that is both staggering, yet sadly, not very surprising.  Here are just a few of the more noteworthy samples taken from the site…

  • As of July 2003, there were 260 million pages of porn online, an increase of 1800% since 1998. Porn amounts to about 7% of the 3.3 billion pages indexed by Google.  (N2H2/Secure Computing Corp)
  • More than 70% of men from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month. (comScore Media Metrix)
  • Americans rent upwards of 800 million porn videos and DVDs a year compared with 3.6 billion non-porn videos. Nearly one in five rentals is a porn flick. (Adams Media Research)
  • The total porn industry profit: estimates range from $4 billion to $10 billion. (National Research Council Report, 2002)
  • More than 20,000 images of child pornography are posted online every week. (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 10/8/03)
  • Approximately 20% of all Internet pornography involves children. (National Center for Mission & Exploited Children)
  • 9 out of 10 children aged between the ages of 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet, in most cases unintentionally. (London School of Economics, January 2002).
  • Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old. (internet-filter-review.com)

If AIDS was an epidemic poised to kill at an exceptional rate, then pornography is an epidemic poised to destroy lives at an exponential rate. As with other addictions such as alcohol, drugs or smoking there are often many more victims besides the addict himself. And let’s be honest, this is an industry driven by men, especially as consumers of this rapidly spreading addiction.  In case you really are under the impression this is a ‘victimless’ habit consider spending a few moments reading some of the stories written by Victims of Pornography.

And don’t be fooled.  The strong relationship between mainstream media and the porn industry is no coincidence, nor is the long running campaign to convince America that consumption of pornography is a normal and healthy habit.  Frontline ran a compelling documentary on this very topic, which is available for instant viewing at the following link – AMERICAN PORNOnce you arrive, click the link that says “Watch the Full Program” and a small video window will pop up. A warning: This documentary contains graphic audio and video footage that is not suitable for children.  Please use discretion.

I want to share with you a brief essay I’ve written about a Man Addicted to Pornography. Maybe you know this person. Maybe you are this person. Sadly, there are many out there who fit this description, and probably many more on the way.

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Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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