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10 Shocking Porn Stats

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November 27, 2013 by mattfradd


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One my pet peeves is when people cite statistics without knowing, or caring about knowing, the source; and the soundness of that source.

Below are 10 statistics that I found particularly eye-opening. I’ve listed the sources at the end of the post.

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The Porn Industry

1. According to Websense, in 2004 the number of porn sites went from 88,000 in 2000 to nearly 1.6 million.

2. In 2002, there were 11,300 mainstream hardcore films released, compared to 470 Hollywood features.

Porn and the Performer

3. One male pornographic performer, Rocco (600 films and 3,000 women), said: “Every professional in the porn-world has herpes, male or female.”

4. Tanya Burleson said, “Guys are punching you in the face. You get ripped. Your insides can come out of you. It’s never ending. You’re viewed as an object — not as a human with a spirit. People do drugs because they can’t deal with the way they’re being treated.”

Porn and the User

5. In 2005, a study of 400 Internet users showed a significant correlation between pornography use and loneliness.

6. In 2005, a study of youth between the ages of 10 and 17 concluded that there is a significant relationship between frequent porn use and feelings of loneliness and major depression.

7. In a meta-analysis of 46 studies published from 1962 to 1995, comprising a total sample of 12,323 people, researchers concluded pornographic material puts one at increased risk of:

– developing sexually deviant tendencies (31% increase in risk)

– committing sexual offenses (22% increase in risk)

– accepting rape myths (31% increase in risk)

Porn And Families

8. According to sociologist Jill Manning, the research indicates pornography consumption is associated with the following six trends, among others:

– Increased marital distress, and risk of separation and divorce

– Decreased marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction

– Infidelity

– Increased appetite for more graphic types of pornography and sexual activity associated with abusive, illegal or unsafe practices

– Devaluation of monogamy, marriage and child rearing

– An increasing number of people struggling with compulsive and addictive sexual behavior

Psychological Correlations

9. Neurologist Serge Stoleru has found that overexposure to erotic stimuli exhausts the sexual responses of normal, healthy young men.

10. According to an article published on Psychology Today, over exposure to pornography can lead to erectile dysfunction.

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1. Jennifer Davies and David Washburn, “San Diego’s adult entertainment goes uptown, upscale and online (first of two parts),” Union Tribune, Oct. 18, 2004.

2. Paul Keegan, “Prime-time porn borrowing tactics from the old Hollywood studios, Vivid Entertainment has ditched the plain brown wrapper and is taking the multibillion-dollar sex-film industry mainstream,” Business 2.0 Magazine, June 1, 2003.

3. Shelley Lubben, “Ex-porn star tells the truth about the porn industry,” Breaking Free, Oct. 28, 2008.

4. Ibid.

5. Vincent Cyrus Yoder, Thomas B. Virden III, and Kiran Amin, “Internet Pornography and Loneliness: An Association?” Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 12 (2005): 19-44.

6. Michele L. Ybarra and Kimberly J. Mitchell, “Exposure to Internet Pornography among Children and Adolescents: A National Survey,” CyberPsychology & Behavior 8 (2005): 473-486.

7. Manning, “Hearing.”

8. Jill Manning, “Hearing on pornography’s impact on marriage & the family,” U.S. Senate Hearing: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights, Committee on Judiciary, Nov. 10, 2005.

9. Judith Reisman, “The impotence pandemic,” WorldNetDaily. Sept. 27, 2007.

10. Marnia Robinson & Gary Wilson, “Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction: A Growing Problem,” Psychology Today. Jan. 31, 2013.

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24 thoughts on “10 Shocking Porn Stats

  1. Definitely some scary statistics here. I know I have struggled with this addiction since I was very young and honestly, the more I have the truth of its effects in black and white, the easier it is for me to fight the temptation. Plus putting a picture of Papa Francis on my desktop has really helped, as silly as that may sound.
    I’ve only recently began to open up about it and for a very long time my husband and I went without the internet just to avoid any enticement. I can say from experience that coupled with my past of sexual abuse and this addiction it has taken a serious toll on the intimacy in our marriage and it’s something we struggle with often; each time I see that particular statistic, that truth, it hits home a little more the severity of it all.

    • Yesi says:

      I don’t even know you, but I just want to tell you that you are doing great at it! Keep it up! And the Pope Francis pic is not silly whatsoever. You are a really brave person. I will pray for you ayearningsigh.

    • T. says:

      It is hard to admit to problems with porn. I think especially for women. I too have had a problem with the behavior for similar reasons. .I want to encourage you. I haven’t looked at the stuff in months and the last time I did it was for nee seconds and I realized I got no pleasure from it at all and what I really wanted was my husband. I confided in him and we cuddled and I felt so much better. I have been to confession over and over and over for the same weakness, but much more rarely in the last 10 years. Remembering the good we seek on the evil helps a lot. When I’m tempted by porn I try to remember that I want the opposite real human contact with someone who loves me.

  2. cducey2013 says:

    Is there anyone out there who is saying that porn per se is a good thing? I understand that there is a freedom defense (I’m free to do WHATEVER I want. Who are you to judge? Am I right? I mean whatever. Really. Go bananas.) but does anyone think that porn, as a enterprise, is doing something good for the world? If so, I really do wonder what they would point to as good features.

    Also, I recommend David Foster Wallace’s essay “Big Red Son,” found in ‘Consider the Lobster and Other Essays,’ to anyone interested in learning about the ludicrously successful, horrifically vulgar, and intentionally spit-in-your face industry of hard-core American pornography.

    • cducey2013 says:

      Just to clarify, my presentation of the freedom excuse was sarcastic.

    • Hello cducey2013,

      Yes, some people claim porn is a good thing because it opens people up to a sexualized world full of pleasure. Those who make this claim believe Christians are sexually repressed, and porn helps free people from the shackles of this repression. They normally give disclaimers that the porn they are talking about is “soft porn” and do not advocate for things such as snuff films or rape sequences. Nonetheless, they believe porn to be something positive.

  3. Reblogged this on GADEL said what? and commented:
    This is sad 😦

  4. albert says:

    Porn viewing has been my dark secret for most of my life. Porn and my sexual addiction has caused me to isolate, has robbed me and my family of so much time and money. It has hurt those who I love dearly and ended my marriage of 36 years. Thanks to a recovery group for men and woman who suffer from this disease I have been clean for 15 months. Porn destroys life, kills dreams, fantasy becomes reality, lust kills love but thankfully there is HOPE.

    • Thomas says:

      Your marriage didn’t fall apart because you were watching porn, it fell apart because you were a terrible husband irrespective of your pornography intake. You people need to stop blaming the problems in your life on something else and accept that you’re the reason things have gone badly in the past, not pornography. Millions upon millions of people view pornographic material every day who don’t turn into adulterous, objectifying animals. People with these social conditions might seek out pornographic material, but it doesn’t shape who you are – you’re like that already.

      • albert says:

        Thomas, thanks for your views. Yes my marriage did fail because I was a unfaithful husband, terrible in some ways but not completely. No, the issues isn’t porn, drugs, alcohol, gambling or any other vice. The really issues is why did I and many others medicate the way they did. I could tell you I was sexual abused as a child. Tell you that my step father beat and burned me. I could tell you my step father told me if I wanted to be his son I would have to have sex with a girl, I was 12. I could tell you how he would than hide in the closet of my bedroom and masturbate while I entertained young girls. I could tell you of that my real fathers off spring over 90 % have a addiction be it to drugs, heroin, crack, alcohol, pills and sex. I could tell you that one of my siblings has already died because of her addiction. But in the end it isn’t the addiction but whats behind the addictions and that’s the why I talk about. But I would also challenge about the harm porn does. You mention the million of people who view porn and don’t do what I did, does that make it harmless. Scientific research will discredit your view about the affects of porn. But lets say for a minute you can watch porn with no side effects, what about the porn stars. Do you think for a minute their lives haven’t been damaged by it. Whether it’s physical harm like diseases, whether is the physical harm done to their bodies or more important the harm that is done to their self esteem. Unlike alcohol which can be drank responsible and can be produced without harming the many men and woman who make it, porn always hurts someone. As a male do you want your daughter to be a porn star. No porn didn’t end my marriage, I did. But never think for a moment there isn’t a story behind someones struggle.

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  6. Ioannes says:

    The way I was able to overcome it with the grace of God was after I had what in the Catholic Cursillo World is known as an “ideal” (some sort of goal in life) to which I worked for mightily and at around the same time consecrating myself to Our Lady. I knew once I gave all of myself to her care for our Lord it was going to be near impossible for me to do anything to a body that she owns. I also knew that if I slipped up, so too could my “ideal” slip away as well. I found this dual approach to work like the jaws of life to finally rip me away!

  7. goober says:

    I suspect the causal relationship between porn use and loneliness is the reverse of what is implied here. Lonely men use porn – porn isn’t what makes them lonely. For some men, who are forbidden to be married, the downside would seem to be pretty low.

    • ursrvnt says:

      Porn does make men lonely. Objectifying another human being by engaging in pseudo-sexual acts creates in the mind an alternative false sense of reality. Staying always & only inside ones own head with images of other people engaging in sexual acts (voyeurism) degrades the mind to a point to where the gray matter physiological chemistry is altered. Thus the cycle of always needing another “fix” becomes a daily spiritual combat.
      Lust addiction is so powerful heroin addicts who are also lust addicts say they get a greater high from the “chase” of going to find an actin gout partner than sticking a needle in their arm.
      The good news is that our Lord is more powerful than any addiction. A daily committed effort of being accountable to another person, living the sacramental life & helping others with this addiction is the definite means to break free.

  8. Teofila Bepko says:

    Dear Matt

    I have read with great interest your succinct and informative article on pornography and evils it entails. And … translated it into Polish. Then, I asked one of the editors of the pro-life website FRONDA to post the translation of the article. Your name is under the text of the article and I do appreciate your contribution to building awareness of terrific consequences of the evil industry also in Poland. We struggle with similar challenges especially now when culture war is getting momentum in Poland.

    God bless you and your work.

    Teofila Bepko

    Here is the link to Polish translation of the article
    http://www.fronda.pl/a/10-szokujacych-faktow-nt-pornografii,32362.html

  9. Man Nyc says:

    Porn industry is one of the advocates of DEATH culture. Their team mates are contraceptives, abortion, euthanasia, and same sex marriages. Lord, have mercy on us.

    • MM says:

      no one could say better! and also Hollywood with its perversive films of violence, violence and more violence! for these people the only thing important things on earth are power and money! poor lonely creatures!

  10. markrite says:

    I really do believe that the “ludicrously successful” porn industry has pretty much the control of lucifer to explain why that’s so. And that’s because lucifier was and is a LIAR and MURDERER from the beginning, and the word ‘pornography’ is taken from the Greek for “lying” or “lies”; and the murder quotient is where so many consequences flow from the consumption of it, porn, which lead to seduction or rape, also adultery, and of course fornication which inevitably lead to pregnancy, then the MURDER of the tiny unborn generated by such activities. Kind of logical isn’t it? Therefore those who co-operate in feeding their desires for porn are co-operating in a sort of “master plan” by lucifer, which leads to catastrophic things.

  11. ursrvnt says:

    One of the sad facts that is not widely reported is the Supreme Courts decision during the 1940’s, which had five Freemason appointed justices appointed to the court by FDR, who unleashed pornography on society.

  12. Solus Colfax says:

    Anyone looking for help should go to the “Nofap” subreddit on Reddit.com. HUGE community, highly supportive no matter what, and definitely instrumental on my own way to recovery.

  13. Yvonne Rinaldi says:

    re: #10 .. sad, too, that ED is so prominent on television and print ads, and the pharmacy industry has “solved” the problem. The difficulty is that apparently for a great may men, the “problem” isn’t ED, but the result of porn. My own father actually told me growing up that Playboy was okay because it was “classy”, the “human body is beautiful”, and “they have intellectual articles.” I can say that early exposure (discovering Dad’s stash under their bed) has been a root cause of many poor choices. Praise be to God that He rescued me (and my husband) from our blindness before our children graced our home! Thank you for your intelligent, easy to verify post.

  14. rightbill says:

    Reblogged this on The Catholic Me….

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