The Pandemic Is Here

“Porn is the most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today. The Internet is a perfect drug delivery system because you are anonymous, aroused and have role models for these behaviors. To have a drug pumped into your house 24/7, free, and children know how to use it better than adults – it’s a perfect delivery system if we want to have a whole generation of addicts who will never have the drug out of their mind.” – Dr. Mary Anne Layden, Co-director of Sexual Trauma And Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania Center For Cognitive Therapy

The porn industry is a 97 billion dollar global industry with 14 billion of that coming from the United States. This is individually larger than the 2014 revenues of Facebook, Amazon, Disney, McDonald’s, Google, or Microsoft. The porn industry earns more in revenue than the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball league combined.
Do I have your attention now?
Look, 30% of all traffic online is porn. 25% of all search engine requests are porn related. 69% of all paid content online is porn – people are willing to pay for more access to new material despite all the free porn available online. Now, imagine if that amount of traffic was allocated towards improving our health, curing cancer, ending poverty, creating peace, or building businesses?
The most searched keywords by teenagers aged 10 to 15 are now “porn” followed by “sex,” which shows you that from a very young age boys are accessing porn. The problem is there are no restrictions to watching porn – you simply just click “Yes, I’m 18” in the age check box or most websites don’t even ask. The habit of watching porn begins at an early age and this shapes young people’s views of the world and the relationships they will engage in their adult lives.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice stated, “never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many homes with so few restrictions.”
It makes you wonder what happens to a boy who has watched porn from age 15 to age 30, doesn’t it? How is he going to treat women in adulthood? Would you want this guy to date your precious daughter or little niece? I don’t think I would and you wouldn’t either, but we’re living in a world where this is becoming a reality and few people are talking.
A 2007 study at the University of Alberta surveyed 429 students aged 13 to 14 and found that 90% of boys and 70% of girls reported accessing sexually explicit media online. And 35% of those boys stated they viewed porn “too many times to count.”
This shows that from a young age boys are developing the habit of watching porn online. And when boys enter college, the trend only continues more aggressively.
In 2009 Michael Leahy released results of a survey of 29,000 North American University students and found that 64% of college men spend time online for Internet sex every week.
What’s going to happen to these men 10 years from now if this is how they are spending their free time? Will they engage in real relationships or will this porn obsession continue into their 30s, 40s, and beyond?
Additionally, the University of Sydney surveyed 800 regular porn users in a 2012 study and found that 43% started viewing porn regularly between the ages of 11 and 13, spending between 30 minutes to 3 hours a day watching porn.
And an astounding 20% of those students said they preferred viewing porn than being sexually intimate with a partner in real life. Perhaps surprisingly, the students had some self-awareness of the problem – 88% said they would be willing to seek professional help for their porn addiction. This is what I am most afraid of: Boys preferring porn rather then real relationships with women.
And numerous psychologists and therapists in North America have reported a surge of clients coming in with porn addiction problems over the last decade. Addiction to Internet pornography is a very real pandemic with a very real impact on the lives of men and women. Porn has grown exponentially in the last decade largely due to the advent of widespread availability of high speed Internet, high definition video, and mobile technology.
Now, is it safe to say that there is problem here?
Porn has mostly gone undetected by society as a whole and its risks are mostly ignored in mainstream media. Let’s take a look at why…