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How Many Women are Hooked on Porn? 10 Stats that May Shock You

Last Updated: September 3, 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

Can a woman become addicted to porn? Marnie Ferree, founder of Bethesda Workshops and a specialist in the area of women with sexual addiction, talks about this growing and pressing issue.

Here’s what the most recent surveys tell us…

1. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Research, about half (49%) of young adult women agree that viewing pornography is an acceptable way of expressing one’s sexuality.

2. According to a survey of more than 11,000 college-age women, more than half (52%) of young women today are exposed to sexually explicit material by the age of 14.

3. According to a study published in the CyberPsychology and Behavior, 62% of women have seen pornography by the age of 18.

4. Exposures to porn during childhood are not just brief glimpses. Some teen girls are viewing online pornography for a half-hour or more at a time, and 1 in 7 have done this on multiple occasions.

5. About 1 in 5 women (18%) use the Internet for sexual purposes habitually—every week.

In a recent survey of women who are part of the Dirty Girls Ministries online community (an online support forum for women with sexual struggles)…

6. Of the women in the community, 87% say they feel or have felt “out of control” when it comes to the matter of masturbation; 70% say the same about sexual fantasies.

7. Of the women in the community, 45% said they started “habitually and compulsively” watching pornography or engaging in cybersex when they were 13-17 years old.

8. Of the women in the community, 27% say they feel or have feel “out of control” when it comes to sexually chatting online; 11% say the same thing about sexting.

9. Of the women currently 18-29 years old, 61% saw porn for the first time before they were 13 years old; 55% said their first exposure was Internet or computer-based.

10. When asked how well did their parents prepared them to for sexual temptations and how well they taught them about purpose of sex, on a scale of 1 to 7, 55% of the members of this community gave their parents a 1. Another third (32%) gave their parents a 2 or 3.

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  • Comments on: How Many Women are Hooked on Porn? 10 Stats that May Shock You
    1. Jocelyn Sophia Poesnecker on

      Just remember that the people in the porno films are committing crimes (unless it is a secretly filmed scene of a husband and wife that is aired without their consent). We definitely do not want to pay money to criminals for committing crimes. Hence we must not pay any money for pornography. Even if it just comes up on the computer, we must not look at it, and hate it in our hearts. Sexual matters are the most private matters and never should be filmed or photographed.

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      • Grey on

        You are ignorant like most people in this country. It is not a crime. It is a legal business with regulations and taxed. That is not to say a very small amount of sites do contain content from sex slaves and under age content which is illegal and tracked heavily by Law Enforcement. Before you rant on something know what your talking about. Your probably a Republican too. I dont even watch porn bit I know its not illegal.

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