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How much free porn is online?

Last Updated: April 22, 2015

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

Kirk Doran, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, recently released a paper draft, “The Economics of Pornography.” Here are some of the highlights:

  • There are at least 40,634 websites that distribute pornographic material on the Internet.
  • About 11% of all internet visits are to one of these sites.
  • About 14% of the online population in America visits these sites (17 million Americans), spending on average 6.5 minutes per visit.
  • About 80% to 90% of these people only access free pornographic material. This free material consists of samples of the pay material, illegally copied versions of the pay material, and amateur material.
  • The remaining 3 million Americans who pay for internet pornography pay about $61 per month.
  • This generates $2.5 billion in annual revenues for the Internet pornography industry
  • Consumption of pornography is spread unevenly according to gender, age, marital status, and religion, and has no clear relationship with education or income.