New Survey of Porn Use: Men and Women Watching in Startling Numbers

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by Church Militant  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 18, 2016   

Christian men view porn almost as much as non-Christians

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A new study is revealing startling statistics concerning pornography use among both men and women, including those who identify as Christian.

The nationwide study conducted by Proven Men Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization aimed at helping men with an addiction to pornography, highlights concerning trends involving both young men and women, Christian and non-Christian, and their confessed porn habits.

According to the research approximately 64 percent, or two thirds, of U.S. men admit to viewing porn at least monthly, with the number of Christian men nearly equaling the national average. When divided by age "eight out of ten (79%) men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly, and two thirds (67%) of men between the ages of 31 and 49 view pornography at least monthly. One half of men between 50 and 68 looks at porn monthly." 

The study claims three out of every 10 men between the ages of 18 and 30 are daily viewers of porn; three percent of women in the same age group purportedly access pornography daily.

Among men and women who claim to be Christian, a stunning seven percent of males admit to viewing porn several times a day, compared to one percent among Christian females. 

The number of married individuals who admit to viewing porn several times a day range from five percent of men to two percent of women.

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Despite this, 44 percent of men "either believe they should watch less pornography or are unsure if they should view pornography less often." Among women the number is approximately 20 percent. 

In terms of addiction or perceived addiction, 13 percent of all men questioned admitted to having an addiction to pornography, with another five percent claiming they are unsure. The numbers among Christian men are much higher, as two in 10 men of no specific age group believe themselves to be addicted or are not sure. 

Proven Men Ministries states that in light of the appalling and growing trends toward pornography addiction, they have set their sights on helping at least one million men break and remain free from the addiction and, as a result, help mend families that have suffered because of it. The organization was founded by Joel Hesch, who himself overcame an addiction to porn that lasted 20 years.

Recently released statistics from a leading Internet porn provider reveal alarming numbers with regard to accessing porn: 4.5 billion hours of porn were watched worldwide in 2015, with over 21 billion visits to the site in question or its network of websites.

Last year the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a document titled "Create in Me a Clean Heart" highlighting the damaging effects of pornography use, including moral, psychological and emotional.

 

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