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Stop the Spread: The Porn Pandemic

Last Updated: July 21, 2021

Keith Rose

Keith Rose holds a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and a BA in Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute. Keith worked with the Covenant Eyes Member Care Team for 15 years. During that time, he also served as a worship leader, Bible teacher, and pastoral assistant. He lives in Rexford, Montana with his wife Ruby.

Perhaps you’ve heard, there’s a worldwide pandemic. It affects men and women of all ages from every country. It has devastating health effects. It’s pushing people into separation and isolation. And it’s spreading rapidly.

No, I don’t mean Covid. It’s porn.

Porn Is a Pandemic

Seem like a stretch? Numerous studies indicate that porn has widespread and devastating effects ranging from increased sexual violence to brain shrinkage and porn-induced erectile disfunction (PIED). People are trying to quit porn but they can’t, and experts are recognizing it’s a public health concern of pandemic proportions.

Like Covid, porn use occurs over a wide geographic area and affects a significant portion of the population. Research indicates that nearly 30,000 people are viewing porn every second.

NCOSE reports, “Young children are now exposed to hardcore (mainstream) pornography at an alarming rate, with 27% of older millennials (age 25-30) reporting that they first viewed pornography before puberty. Sixty-four percent of people 13–24 actively seek out pornography weekly or more often.”

Like Covid, porn is a pandemic and it needs to be stopped.

The Porn Business Is Thriving

While many businesses have struggled to survive quarantine, the porn business has thrived. Porn giant Pornhub jumped at the opportunity provided by the global shutdown and offered free 30-day trials to their premium subscription content.  By mid-March 2020, Pornhub was boasting a 24% worldwide increase in traffic.

Big porn companies like Pornhub know an opportunity when they see one. But for those struggling to overcome porn addiction, quarantine and isolation have closed off many opportunities for escape. A Reddit forum with over 500,000 members shares these testimonies:

“This corona s*** is killing me. Not the virus but the quarantine. I went to the gym every day and I was very active in my social life but now I have nowhere to go and nothing to do. I relapsed after 24 days.”

“I already relapsed 9 times this month.”

The porn industry is profiting from the loneliness and isolation of millions of people around the world, furthering the damage brought on by porn.

The data for 2020 is still coming in, but the porn pandemic shows no signs of slowing.

What Can We Do?

With the Covid pandemic, we all know the steps to stop the virus from spreading: wash hands, practice social distancing, wear a mask. Likewise, there are practical steps you can take to stop the porn pandemic from spreading. Want to learn more? Our free e-book The Porn Circuit is a great place to start.

  • Comments on: Stop the Spread: The Porn Pandemic
    1. Ethan on

      Porn is Killing me in this quarantine. l need serious help. Please help save me from porn addiction.

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      • Moriah Bowman on

        Hi Ethan,

        Please know that you are not alone in this. The quarantine has been a struggle for SO many people, especially when it comes to porn. Fortunately, we are here for you and we want to help you!

        I would first encourage you to read this blog post and also this one. They both describe some great first steps to take in your journey to find freedom from porn addiction. I would also encourage you to reach out to a trusted friend or mentor and share your struggles with them. That feeling of loneliness will disappear when you have someone else to walk alongside you!

        I am praying for you! Be strong!
        Moriah

      • Good Samaritans on

        To quit watching porn read all the articles and all the comments and take notes. Find as much as you can about what an addiction is. Use what works for you. If you watch fake sex relationships that dont occur in real life try to quit watching that first, understand thats humiliation and degrading to women to be in those videos. If you still use internet to watch naked women stop paying the subscription, move to a place for some months or years with no internet and sell or throw away your electronic screens. Once you understood the difference between what is fake and what is real you may still feel the need to masturbate without watching something on a screen. Now you are closer to understand what love is and open your heart, move closer to loving people. Start going to a Christian church and understand what a sin is or what bad habit is. With age and wisdom all the earthly pleasures like money, power and addictions will no longer keep you slave. Once you graduate this path start teaching others and will never forget.

    2. Jocelyn Poesnecker on

      The foremost reason to not watch porn is because it is a sin and Dear God Knows about us, and Sees us. I do not want to go to hell after my death. I have no interest in porn. It is people sinning, or spying on married couples. I do not spy. That is a sin. I want to Please God, Who does not have a son or a mother. I ask Dear God humbly to Bless you.

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    3. Jocelyn Poesnecker on

      I do not watch porn at all!!!! It is disgusting I am sure without watching🌼 I remember that our Dear God Is With us and God Forbade this wretched practice. It is low. Please ask people in the government to make it illegal to do and put on tv and internet. I ask Dear God humbly to Bless you and your family.🐔🍋🐥🐰🌻🍎🦋🥀😊🥜🐱🍂🌷🐚🐮🐤🌈🐣🦋🌹💐🍿🌸🍊🍑🌺🌼🌼🕌❤️🕌

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    4. Thomas Mealey on

      Thanks.

      Reply
    5. Thomas DeAngelis on

      Please whipe out block my website for me addiction can’t stop doing this. Help me out.

      Reply
      • Moriah Bowman on

        Hi Thomas,

        Thank you for reaching out and asking for help! Are you using Covenant Eyes Screen Accountability? If not, this is a great way to start being accountable to what you do online. If you have a friend or mentor who can use it with you, even better! It can be difficult to tell someone about your struggle with porn, but you will feel so much freer when you do.

        I am praying for you!
        Moriah

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