In 2011, hundreds of religious, political, and technology leaders gathered to address the convergence of new technology, pornography, prostitution, and human trafficking, in an effort to understand the critical issues and develop solutions.
Covenant Eyes and pureHOPE have partnered up to distribute the videos from the Convergence Summit. These videos have been divided into interest areas based on pornography’s interactions with social justice, neuroscience, and families.
Technology has been kidnapped to serve as the bridge for the accessing of the vile, which in turn is feeding on the basest of man's instinct, resulting in the holding hostage of body, mind, and spirit of men and youth and families.
- Israel Gaither, Former National Commander, Salvation Army
Porn is an epidemic.
A survey of college students found that 64% of guys spend some time every week watching porn. What's more, 1 in 8 web searches are for erotic content. This is especially troubling, since porn has been proven to have measurable adverse effects, both psychologically and neurologically.
Several nationally renowned experts addressed the impact of pornography on the brain, including experts like Mary Anne Layden, addressing the social costs of pornography, and Patrick Fagan, who spoke on pornography vs. chastity, and how it impacts society. Dr. Judith Reisman discussed porn addiction and its impacts on individuals, marriage and families, while Dr. William Struthers explained the neurological and hormonal basis of pornography addiction.
Before the age of 18, 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to Internet porn. What's more, 40% of unwanted exposure to Internet pornography is the result of an innocent word search. This early exposure to porn can hinder sexual development, among other things.
During the conference, several renowned Internet safety experts discussed how porn directly negatively impacts families, including Israel Gaither, past National Commander of the Salvation Army, and Donna Rice Hughes, President and Chairman of Enough is Enough.