Dangers of Pornography

The harms and social costs of pornography are far too wide to really quantify or measure, however through the work of The King’s Men, we have learned much about the industry and its effects on men, women and children.


General Pornography Statistics

  • In 2006, global revenue for pornography industry was $97.6 billion;

  • Porn revenue is larger than the combined revenue of technology companies Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and Earthlink;

  • U.S. is responsible for $13.3 billion of the industry’s revenue;

  • Internet pornography sales is $4.9 billion;

  • There are 420 million porn web pages, of which 89% are U.S.-based;

  • 40 million U.S. adults visit porn website regularly;

  • Largest consumers of Internet porn are adults age 35-44;

  • U.S. sales and rental of adult videos brought in $3.62 billion in 2006;

  • U.S. pornography sales via cell phones totaled $26 million in 2007.


Men & Pornography Statistics

  • 5 out of 10 men in Church have an addiction to pornography;

  • 20% of men admit to accessing porn at work;

  • 72% of visitors to porn sites are men.


Women & Pornography Statistics

  • 1 out of 6 women struggle with pornography;

  • 13% of women admit to accessing porn at work;

  • 28% of visitors to porn sites are women.


Children & Pornography Statistics

  • Average age of first pornography exposure with boys is age 10-13;

  • Average age of first pornography exposure for girls is age 11-14;

  • Average age of first Internet porn exposure is 11 years old;

  • 90% of 8- to 16-year-olds have viewed porn online;

  • 80% of 15- to 17-year-olds have been victims of multiple hard-core porn exposure:

  • 1 in 7 youths have received sexual solicitation online;

  • Child pornography is a $3 billion dollar industry;

  • 20,000 images of child pornography are posted on the Internet each week;

  • 100,000 websites which offer illegal child pornography.

These statistics were taken from a variety or resources on the Internet www.toptenreviews.com;
www.nationalcoalition.org; and www.reuters.com.

More information on the dangers of pornography

www.pornharms.com - this site has most current and accurate peer reviewed research on the harms of pornography
www.moralityinmedia.org - this site provides information on the harms of pornography and laws relevant to upholding morals and decency
www.theporneffect.com - this site offers practical and theologically sound perspective and support for men and women on the issue of pornography
www.socialcostsofpornography.org - this site offers the brilliant research and findings from the Witherspoon Institute's conference on the social costs of pornography in December 2008 at Princeton University
www.purehope.net - this site is a comprehensive resource for men and women who seek to fight pornography in their homes and community

From the Diocese of Kansas City
"Blessed Are The Pure In Heart: On the Dignity of the Human Person and the Dangers of Pornography"
A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Robert W. Finn

From Cardinal Rigali of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
"Pornography: An Attack on the Dignity of the Person."

From the Diocese of Arlington 
"Bought with a Price: Pornography and the Attack on the Living Temple of God"
A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Paul S. Loverde

Family Research Council
Study that details the effects of pornography on marriages, children, communities and happiness,
"The Effects of Pornography"


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