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Pornography Statistics: Annual Report 2015

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 2017, a quarter of a billion people are expected to be accessing mobile adult content from their phones or tablets, an increase of more than 30% from 2013. Mobile adult videochat alone will have a compound annual growth rate of 25%.

"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 2015.

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.

The Porn Industry

In 2006, estimated revenues for sex-related entertainment businesses 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

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

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

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.

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

"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

Subscriptions

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).

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.

64% of Christian men and 15% of Christian women say they watch porn at least once a month.

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.

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 are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.

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

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

On average...

6 out of 10 girls are 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.

Porn and Young Adults

Among young adults today, porn use is not the exception. It is the norm.

'The young women who talk to me on campuses about the effect of pornography on their intimate lives speak of feeling that they can never measure up, that they can never ask for what they want; and that if they do not offer what porn offers, they cannot expect to hold a guy. The young men talk about what it is like to grow up learning about sex from porn, and how it is not helpful to them in trying to figure out how to be with a real woman...For the first time in human history, the images’ power and allure have supplanted that of real naked women. Today, real naked women are just bad porn.'

- Naomi Wolf

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.

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...

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

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

However...

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.

Who is Covenant Eyes?

Pornography use thrives in secrecy. But when others know the place you go online, the temptation loses its power. This works for adults, teens, and kids alike.

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Parents use this to monitor where their kids go online so they can have proactive discussions about how to use the Internet wisely.

Adults use this to help them to think twice about where they go online and to equip others to be effective accountability partners.