058 – PORN 101: The Problem

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PORN 101:  The Problem

This is an episode I have been trying to prepare for for some time.  A few weeks ago I got a suggestion from a listener who calls himself Dr. J.  He suggested that I do an episode about pornography…in particular what has become the phenomena of pornography in our modern age and the ill effects it has on individuals, families and communities, and what might be done about it.

I personally didn’t really know that much about it, so I had to do some research.  Oh man…the more research I did the more I realized the magnitude and scope of the issue.  I’ll tell you right now that it’s not something I will resolve in this episode.  More likely this will be the first of several episodes about the topic because it has so many layers…and because it is something that directly affects the ability of men, to be better men, which is what this show is all about.

So In this episode I’m going to share with you some of the things I have learned.  Please note that I am not reporting this from any moral position.  Your personal morality is between you and whatever belief system you subscribe to…I am reporting from a position of facts, statistics, and the evidence of cause and effect, and some of my own opinions as well. 

I’m providing this information to make you aware.  Even if it doesn’t affect you personally it’s likely that someone you know struggles with this issue.

Below are some of the statistics I mention in the episode, and a link to several websites that I got information from:

  • The average age of first exposure to Porn is 11.  (about the same time a lot of kids get cell phones)

  • 12% of all internet websites are pornographic

  • 25 % of all online search engine results are pornographic

  • 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic

  • 70% of men aged 18 to 24 visit a porn site at least once a month.  70% is a lot.

  • The largest consumer group of internet porn is men between 35 and 49 so they would have been between 27 and 41 at the time of the Digital explosion.

  • The most popular day of the week for watching porn is Sunday

  • the most popular day of the year for watching porn is…believe it or not, Thanksgiving.  That’s kind of weird.

Those statistics are just from America.  But America doesn’t even show up in the top 10 countries  that watch Porn online.  I was really surprised by this; the top 10 countries are:

  1. Pakistan

  2. Egypt

  3. Vietnam

  4. Iran

  5. Morocco

  6. India

  7. Saudi Arabia

  8. Turkey

  9. Phillipines

  10. Poland

Also surprising, just like the top ten countries are known for being very conservative.  The top 10 states in America are also some of the most traditionally conservative.  The top ten American states for porn use are:

  1. Mississippi

  2. Hawaii

  3. Arkansas

  4. Alabama

  5. Louisiana

  6. Georgia

  7. Maryland

  8. Oklahoma

  9. District of Columbia

  10. South Carolina

What this shows us is that it is a global issue of massive proportions that crosses all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic barriers.

Website links:

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/sex/2013/05/the-prevalence-of-porn/

http://www.edsmart.org/pornography-stats/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_pornography

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125382361

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2054rank.html

http://www.uncommonhelp.me/articles/overcome-porn-addiction/

http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/pornhub-data-usage-duration-search-interactive-map/

http://www.alternet.org/sex-amp-relationships/brief-totally-fascinating-history-porn

This is a link to a website about stories from guys who have beat their porn addiction, what they went through, and why their life is better: 

http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/erectile-recover-1

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