A NEW LANDSCAPE

This Generation is the first to have ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to unregulated content. Recent statistics and surveys give a fascinating insight into the changes that have occurred within communications over the past 30 years and collectively they provide a broad picture of the new landscape that we must learn to navigate as leaders seeking to bring help to the vulnerable:

 

IPORN: ONLINE PORNOGRAPHY, HOW MUCH AND HOW OFTEN?

1 in 25 websites is pornographic and about 1 in 8 web searches are for erotic content. (1)

In 2018, a SINGLE porn website reported 33.5 billion visits a year. (2)

NO MORE PAGE 3: PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING FOR MORE THAN TOPLESS PHOTOS

Within an analysis of top-selling porn content, 304 sex scenes were analysed for both physical and verbal aggression; 88% of scenes were found to contain physical aggression and 49% to contain verbal aggression. (3)

56% of men said that their taste in porn had become ‘increasingly extreme of deviant” often creating problems in real relationships. (4)

ADULTS ONLY?: PORN’S IMPACT ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

94% of teens said that they had seen porn by the age of 14. (5)

1 in 3 ten-year-olds have seen pornography online. (6)

WOMEN, MEN & MARRIAGE: MORE THAN A “MAN’S ISSUE”

1 in 3 visitors to porn sites are female. (7)

An association of lawyers reported that 56% of their divorce cases involved one partly having an “obsessive interest” in pornographic websites. (8)

79% of men and 76% of women aged 18-30 years old said that they watch porn at least once a month. (9)

77% of 31-49 year old men have viewed porn whilst at work in the last 3 months. (10)

PORN AND THE CHURCH: THE ELEPHANT IN THE PEW

95% of Christians that self-identified as ‘born-again’ admitted to viewing porn. (11)

Only 7% of churches have programs to help those struggling with porn. (12)

93% of Pastors (and 94% of Youth Pastors) say that porn is a bigger problem in their church than ever before. (13)

 

REferences:

  1. Dr. Ogi Ogas and Dr Sai Gaddam, A Billion Wicked Thoughts

  2. PornHub, Year in Review (2018) 

  3. Bridges et al. “Aggression and sexual behaviour in best-selling pornography videos: A content analysis update,” Violence Against Women Vol 16 (2010): 1065-1085

  4. The Nielsen Company (2010) 

  5. Sarah Champion MP, ‘Dare2Care’ report (2016) [sample of 1000 teenagers]

  6. Psychologies Magazine (2010)

  7. Nielsen and NetRatings, <nielson-netratings.com> (2003)

  8. American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2002)

  9. Proven Men Ministries, “Pornography Survey and Statistics” (2014) 

  10. Barna Group, “Pornography Addiction Survey” (2014)

  11. Proven Men Ministries, “Pornography Survey and Statistics” (2014) 

  12. Barna Group, “Pornography Addiction Survey” (2014)

  13. Barna Group, “The Porn Phenomenon” (2016)