The Pornography Epidemic

One of my areas of specialty is pornography and sexual addiction.  The growth and proliferation of pornography in the United States and across the globe is staggering.  Pornography addiction is growing more rapidly than crack, heroin and methamphetamine addiction. It cuts across all cultural, socioeconomic, educational, and religious sectors. Pornography addiction is the silent killer of  lives, relationships, jobs and families and faith. Silent because so many people are unaware of the extent and severity of the problem.

Some current statistics on pornography use:

  • Every second – $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography.
  • Every second – 28,258 internet users are viewing pornography.
  • Every second – 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines.
  • Every 39 minutes: a new pornographic video is being created in the United States.

Adult Internet Pornography Statistics
Pornography consumers access pornography both at work and at home. A total of 40 million U.S. adults regularly visit pornography websites. Ten percent of adults admit to an internet sexual addiction and 20 percent of men say they access pornography at work.

Adult Internet Pornography Statistics
Men admitting to accessing pornography at work 20%
US adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites 40 million
Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week 53%
Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home 47%
Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction 10%
Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites 72% male – 28% female

Internet Pornography User Demographics

Pornography consumers are divided fairly evenly by age but not by income.

Those making more than $75,000 a year represent 35 percent of those purchasing pornography. Another 26 percent of pornography consumers make $50,000-75,000 per year.

Age is not a major factor. Pornography consumers are fairly evenly divided. The 35 to 44-year-old age group consumes the most pornography in the United States (26 percent) and 18-24-year-olds purchase the least (14 percent).

U.S. Adult Internet User Demographics – Income
Income %
Under $15K 6.23%
$15K-$25K 6.59%
$25K-$35K 9.55%
$35K-$50K 16.59%
$50K-$75K 25.58%
$75K+ 35.30%
US Adult Internet User Demographics – Age
Age %
18-24 13.61%
25-34 19.90%
35-44 25.50%
45-54 20.67%
55+ 20.32%


The number one search term used on search engine sites is “sex.” Users searched for “sex” more than other terms, such as “games, travel, music, jokes, cars, weather, health,” and “jobs” combined. “Pornography/porno/porn” was the fourth-most searched for subject. Also falling within the top 20 search terms were “nude” (including “nudes”), “xxx, playboy,” and “erotic stories” (including “erotica”).33
According to a survey published in the Journal of the American Psychological Association, 86% of men are likely to click on Internet sex sites if given the opportunity.34
In 2000, as many as 25 million Americans spent 1 to 10 hours per week viewing Internet pornography, and as many as 4.7 million spent over 11 hours per week viewing Internet pornography.35
A 2001 Forrester Research report claimed the average age of a male visitor to an adult web page is 41 and has an annual income of $60,000. According to the same report, 19% of North American users were regular visitors to adult content sites. Of that 19%, approximately 25% were women, 46% were married, and 33% had children.36
In August 2003, an estimated 34 million people visited adult entertainment sites—about 25% of Internet users in the U.S. In September 2003, more than 32 million unique individuals visited a porn site. Nearly 22.8 million of them were male (71%), while 9.4 million adult site visitors were female (29%).37
According to comScore Media Metrix:

71.9 million visits were made to adult sites in August 2005, reaching 42.7 percent of the Internet audience.

63.4 million unique visits were made to adult websites in December of 2005, reaching 37.2% of the Internet audience.

About breakingfree9

I am a professional Life Coach who specializes in personal growth, relationship, addiction and Christian Counseling. I serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients in person and on-line. In addition to being a professional Life Coach, I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Retired Marriage and Family Counselor, Ordained Minister and Certified Personal Trainer.
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