Pornography Statistics: Annual Report 2014

Below are a sample of statistics about pornography. Each stat or quote has been carefully researched and referenced with the original source in our Pornography Statistics PDF document. In this way, this compilation of stats, quotes, and figures do not act as a last word on the subject, but as a first word, providing a good starting place for your own research.

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Porn Searches

By 2015, mobile adult content and services are expected to reach $2.8 billion per year, mobile adult subscriptions will reach nearly $1 billion, and mobile adult video consumption on tablets will triple. We are already starting to see an increase in mobile adult content.

"It seems so obvious: If we invent a machine, the first thing we are going to do–after making a profit–is use it to watch porn."

- Damon Brown, Author of Playboy's Greatest Covers

Porn Content Stats

The number of searches for pornography since the start of 2014.

9 out of 10 Internet porn users only access free material, whether it be samples of pay material, illegally copied versions of pay material, or amateur material.

1 in 5 mobile searches are for pornography.

24% of smartphone owners admit to having pornographic material on their mobile handset.

Learn How to Monitor Your Kids' Searches

How many Internet-enabled devices are in your home? What about your son's iPod touch™ or your daughter's Kindle Fire HD? Often kids use these devices to go online and their parents don't even have a clue.

Learn how to protect your kids on these devices, as well as conversations to have with your kids, in Protecting Your Family Online: A How-To-Guide for Parents.

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The Porn Industry

In 2006, estimated revenues for the sex-related entertainment business were just under $13 billion in the US. These estimates included video sales and rentals, Internet sales, cable, pay-per-view, phone sex, exotic dance clubs magazines, and novelty stores.

"Porn doesn't have a demographic–it goes across all demographics."

- Paul Fishbein, Founder of Adult View News

The Porn Industry Stats

The porn industry generates $13 billion each year in the US.

Internet porn alone is a $3 Billion per year business.

79% of porn performers have used marijuana, and 50% have used ecstasy.

88% of scenes in porn films contain acts of physical aggression, and 49% of scenes contain verbal aggression.

"66% of porn performers have Herpes, 12-28% have sexually transmitted diseases, and 7% have HIV."

- Dr. Sharon Mitchell

"Amateurs come across better on screen. Our customers feel that. Especially by women you can see it. They still feel strong pain."

- Carlo Scalisi, Owner of 21 Sexury Video


There are higher percentages of subscriptions to porn sites in zip codes that...

  • Are more urban than rural.
  • Have experienced an increase in higher than average household income.
  • Have a great density of young people (age 15-24).
  • Have a higher proportion of people with undergraduate degrees.
  • Have higher measures of social capital (i.e. more people who donate blood, engage in volunteer activities, or participate in community projects).

69% of pay-per-view Internet content market is pornography.

32% of adult membership websites and 58% of free adult websites come from outside the U.S.

Global porn revenues have declined 50% since 2007 due to the amount of free porn online.

Learn How to Renew Your Brain.

Porn use is glorified in today's mass media. But that doesn't change the fact that porn use is bad for us. In fact, numerous studies have proven that watching porn affects your brain.

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Porn in the Church

Pornography is prevalent everywhere today. In fact, one in eight online searches is for pornography. Because porn use thrives in secrecy, many church members are trapped in a cycle of sin and shame, thinking that they're the only ones facing this temptation.

Pron in the Church Stats

51% of pastors say Internet pornography is a possible temptation.

50% of all Christian men and 20% of all christian women say they are addicted to pornography.

75% of pastors do not make themselves accountable to anyone for their Internet use.

Regular church attendees are 26% less likely to look at porn, however, self-identified "fundamentalists" are 91% more likely to look at porn.

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Do you find yourself sitting in a pew on Sunday mornings wondering if someone is going to find out your dirty secrets? Or maybe you're the pastor, looking out at your congregation, knowing there are men and women struggling and wondering how you can help them.

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Porn and Your Teens

"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 American homes with so few restrictions."

- U.S. Department of Justice

Research reveals many systemic effects of Internet pornography that are undermining an already vulnerable culture of marriage and family. Even more disturbing is the fact that the first Internet generations have not reached full maturity, so the upper limits of this impact have yet to be realized"

- Jill Manning, Sociologist

Porn and Your Teens Stats

Did you know...

9 out of 10 boys were exposed to pornography before the age of 18.

The first exposure to pornography among men is 12 years old.

71% of teens hide online behavior from their parents.

28% of 16-17 year olds have been unintentionally exposed to porn online.

20% of 16-year-olds have received a sext and 30% of 17-year-olds have received a sext.

On average...

6 out of 10 girls were exposed to pornography before the age of 18.

15% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography.

32% of boys and 18% of girls have seen bestiality online.

39% of boys and 23% of girls have seen sexual bondage online.

83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online.

69% of boys and 55% of girls have seen same-sex intercourse online.

Online Safety Help for Parents.

As a parent, you take steps to keep your kids safe—teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street, to be home by a certain time, and to avoid talking to strangers. But what about keeping them safe online? Are you even aware of what they face?

Learn the 7 dangers kids face online and 7 habits for Internet integrity in the free e-book, Parenting the Internet Generation.

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Porn and Young Adults

Today, 68% of young adult men and 18% of women use porn at least once every week. Another 17% and another 30% of women use porn 1-2 times per month. This means for 85% of young men and nearly half of young women, watching porn is at least a monthly activity.

It is also becoming more common for young adults to make their own pornography. Nearly 1 in 5 of 18-24-year-olds have sent a sext (sexually explicit text message). This has become a predictor of sexual behavior. Students who have had sexual intercourse are five times more likely than virgins to be involved in sexting.

Porn and Young Adults Stats

51% of male and 32% of female students first viewed porn before their teenage years (12 and younger).

64% of college men and 18% of college women spend time online for Internet sex every week.

67% of young men and 49% of young women say viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one's sexuality.

Politically liberal people are 19% more likely to look at porn.

68% of young adult men and 18% of women use porn at least once every week.

19% of 18-24 year-olds have sent a sext.

Student who have had sexual intercourse are five times more likely than virgins to be involved in sexting.

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Porn and Your Marriage

"I have also seen in my clinical experience that pornography damages the sexual performance of the viewers. Pornography viewers tend to have problems with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. Having spent so much time in unnatural sexual experiences with paper, celluloid and cyberspace, they seem to find it difficult to have sex with a real human being. Pornography is raising their expectation and demand for types and amounts of sexual experiences; at the same time it is reducing their ability to experience sex."

- Dr. MaryAnne Layden

Porn and Your Marriage Stats

Healthy Relationships provide...

Happily married men are 61% less likely to look at porn.

Those with teen children are 45% less likely to look at porn.

However, if you live in an unhappy marriage you are...

68% of divorce cases involved one party meeting a new lover over the Internet.

56% of divorce cases involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.

Men are more than 543% more likely to look at porn than women.

70% of wives of sex addicts could be diagnosed with PTSD.

Those who have ever engaged in paid sex are 270% more likely to look at porn.

Those who have ever committed adultery are 218% more likely to look at porn.

Healing for Marriages Wrecked by Porn

Since more than half of divorce cases involve one party's obsession with Internet porn, chances are good that someone you know is going through a rough time in their marriage. They may not know where to turn or even how to handle their emotions.

Get your copy of Porn and Your Husband: A Recovery Guide for Wives for practical strategies for healing marriage after porn use has been discovered.

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Help for Adults

Good intentions are often not enough. Most people need a friend or mentor to help them escape temptations online.

When Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability is installed on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, it monitors how the Internet is used and sends a report to a friend you choose. This allows you to be open about your Internet use and talk about the temptations you face online with a friend.

Learn more about Internet Accountability

Parental Controls

As a parent, Covenant Eyes provides a report showing how the Internet is used, and it blocks sites dangerous to your kids. You can even use our software to turn off your kids' Internet access at a specific time of the night and limit the amount of time they use the Internet each day.

Internet Accountability reports open wide the doors to your children's interests and the dangers they face online. After all, 67% of kids say they hide their Internet use from their parents.

Learn more about Internet Accountability and Filtering.

How is Covenant Eyes Different?

Covenant Eyes rates web pages visited, with ratings similar to video games, such as T for Teen, M for Mature, and HM for Highly Mature. This makes our Internet use reports easy to understand. This same rating scale can be used to block sites based on the Internet user's age.

Accountability reports also show the words typed into search engines, and the titles of videos watched on sites like YouTube.

Using Covenant Eyes is like taking your friend or parent with you wherever you go online, which helps in learning to make good choices both online and in the real world.