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  • More than four in 10 Americans (43%) now say pornography is morally acceptable, a seven-percentage-point increase from last year. (Gallup, June 2018)

  • One in six of the over 15000 global respondents has watched pornography on a public network, among other things. (Neowin, July 2018)

  • Free access means porn use has skyrocketed.  Today, many porn sites are free.  New York Magazine reported that a decade ago total daily adult site traffic averaged less than 1 million unique visitors on the entire internet.   Today, free Mindgeek tube sites alone receive 100 million unique visitors per day (The Economist – 2015).      

  • The use of filters by parents has not worked.  In 2005 Pew Research found 54% usage of filters; in 2016 it was 39% with just 16% on mobile devices.  Parents need help.   

  • A Model:  Age Verification. In 2017 the UK Parliament mandated age verification for access to pornography sites.  If sites fail to comply, they may be fined, denied access to ancillary services or blocked.  It is time for Congress to act.  One researcher called children’s unlimited access to extreme and graphic internet pornography, “the largest unregulated social experiment in history.”  Our society is paying a severe price for it.  

  • A 2017 global survey by Norton by Symantec found that one in six people admit to having used public Wi-Fi to watch adult content. Of those who admit to it they’ve done so in the following locations: 

    -        Hotel/Airbnb (40 percent)
    -        Café/Restaurant (30 percent)
    -        Work (29 percent)
    -        Airport (25 percent)
    -        On the street (24 percent)
    -        Train/bus station (18 percent)
    -        Public restroom/toilet (16 percent)

  • Pornography has changed.  Extreme content is the new norm.  Soft porn has disappeared.   In 2010 the journal Violence Against Women reported physical aggression in 88.2% of leading pornography scenes and verbal aggression in 48.7% with 94.4% of the aggression directed towards women and girls.  A February 2018 headline in Esquire Magazine read, “Incest is the Fastest Growing Trend in Porn.” 
  • The Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force recently found 46 published research studies demonstrating that exposure to pornography puts individuals at increased risk for committing sexual offenses.
  • Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Boston performed a Google trend analysis showing searches for “teen porn” more than tripled between 2005-2013, and teen porn searches reached an estimated 500,000 daily in March 2013 or over one-third of total daily porn searches. You read that right, 500,000 searches daily for teen pornography.  Americans are becoming more and more attracted to pornography depicting sex with underage persons and this growing exposure to increasingly deviant porn is driving more criminals toward victimizing more teenagers.
  • Consumers might tell themselves that they aren’t personally affected by porn, that they won’t be fooled into believing its underlying messages, but studies suggest otherwise. There is clear evidence that porn makes many consumers more likely to support violence against women, to believe that women secretly enjoy being raped,  and to actually be sexually aggressive in real life. (How Consuming Porn Can Lead to Violence. Fight the New Drug)
  • A survey of 313 college students indicated that exposure to men’s magazines was significantly associated with lower intentions to seek sexual consent and lower intentions to adhere to decisions about sexual consent. Establishing and Adhering to Sexual Consent: The Association between Reading Magazines and College Students’ Sexual Consent Negotiation,” Journal of Sex Research 51, no. 3 (2014): 280–290.
  • Harmful Effects of Pornography: 2016 Reference Guide. (Fightthenewdrug.org, 2016)
  • PornHub, one of the industry’s biggest providers, claim their site streamed 75 GB of data a second last year—enough to fill 175 million 16 GB iPhones—a total of 87.8 billion views, up ten billion from 2014, another 15 billion over2013. An estimated 87% of college-age men—and around 30% of women—doubleclick for sex either weekly or every day. (January 2016) "Falling In Love With Screens: The science behind how double-clicking for sex rewires our brains—and affects us all". 
  • Individuals who never view sexually explicit material report higher relationship quality and lower rates of infidelity than those who do.
  • Pornography is frequently cited as the ‘explanation’ for anal sex, and that ‘people must like it if they do it,’ contradicting the expectation that it will be painful for women. Men also are expected to persuade or coerce reluctant partners, which has become normalized as well as ‘accidental’ penetration. Marston, C. & Lewis, R. (2014) “Anal Heterosex Amoung Young People and Implications for Health Promotion: A Qualitative Study in the UK.” BMI Open.
  • The more pornography a man watches, the more he needs to conjure images of pornography to maintain arousal, and will be more likely to ask for particular sexual acts with his partner and have concerns over his sexual performance and body image. Sun. A., Bridges, A., Johnson, J. & Ezzell, M. (2014) “Pornography and the Male Sexual Script: An Analysis of Consumption and Sexual Relations.” Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Those who frequently consume Internet pornography are less likely to marry because they see pornography as a marital sexual gratification substitute. Malcolm, M. & Naufal, G. (2014) “Are Pornography and Marriage Substitutes for Young Men?” Institute for the Study of Labor.
  • There is a positive correlation between hours of pornography consumed and higher narcissism levels. Additionally, those who have ever used pornography had higher levels of all three measures of narcissism than those who have never viewed Internet pornography. Kaspera, T., Shorta, M. & Milam, A. (2014) “Narcissism and Internet Pornography Use.” Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Vol. 41 (5)
  • Extramarital sex is one of the most commonly cited reasons for divorce, and Pornography consumption is correlated with positive attitudes towards extramarital affairs. Wright, P., Tokunaga, R. & Bae, S. (2014) “More Than a Dalliance? Pornography Consumption and Extramarital Sex Attitudes Amoung Married U.S. Adults.” Psychology of Popular Media Culture.
  • 17% of women describe themselves as addicted to pornography. Keith Perry, “Sex: Women ‘just as easily hooked on online porn as men.’” Daily Telegraph, 8/6/14, at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11016874/Sex-Women-just-as-easily-hooked-on-online-porn-as-men.html
  • Porn Sites Get More Visitors Each Month Than Netflix, Amazon And Twitter Combined. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/03/internet–porn–stats_n_3187682.html (accessed June 6, 2014).
  • A Google Trends analysis indicates that searches for “Teen Porn” have more than tripled between 2005–2013. Total searches for teen–related porn reached an estimated 500,000 daily in March 2013 — one–third of total daily searches for pornographic web sites. [23] Gail Dines, “A rare defeat for corporate lobbyists,” (August 1, 2013), http://www.counterpunch.org/ 2013/08/01/a–rare–defeat–for–corporate–lobbyists/ (accessed June 6, 2014). Dr. Dines also analyzed the content of the three most popular “porntubes,” the portals that serve as gateways to online porn, and found that they contained 18 million teen–related pages–again, the largest single genre and about one–third of the total content.
  • 30% of the Internet industry is pornography.[19] Stephen Yagielowicz, “The Internet Really is Porn,” http://www.xbiz.com/news/146703 (accessed 6/11/14). “Anthony compiled data from Google’s DoubleClick Ad Planner to reveal that XVideos is currently the largest adult website, boasting 4.4 billion page views per month; with other adult sites, such as LiveJasmin, YouPorn, Tube8 and Pornhub all commanding vast expanses of market share, ‘that dwarf almost everything except the Googles and Facebooks of the Internet.’” “. . . that sets adult sites apart from non–adult sites; with Anthony comparing a 15–20 minute average porn site visit to a three–to–six minute visit on a news site as evidence of adult’s stickiness. . . . Anthony states that‘s while the amounts vary, typical adult websites contain 50 to 200 terabytes of porn and are responsible for nearly a third of all Internet traffic.’” “Anthony stated, ‘It’s probably not unrealistic to say that porn makes up 30 percent of the total data transferred across the Internet.’” See Sebastin Anthony, “Just how big are porn sites?” Extreme Tech (Apr.4 2012), http://www.extremetech.com/computing/123929–just–how–big–are–porn–sites.
  • The online porn industry makes over $3,000 per second. [20] Ibid.
  • Mobile porn is expected to reach $2.8 billion by 2015. [21] Juniper Research, “Videochat and subscription services to drive mobile adult revenues to $2.8bn by 2015, Juniper Report finds,” Oct. 14, 2010. http://www.juniperresearch.com/viewpressrelease.php?pr=210 (accessed December 27, 2012).
  • The United States is the largest producer and exporter of hardcore pornographic DVDs and web material. [22] http://familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html#important_countries(accessed June 6, 2014). Pornographic web pages by country are U. S. 244,661,900(89%) and Germany 10,030,200 (4%).
  • Of the 304 scenes analyzed, 88.2% contained physical aggression, principally spanking, gagging, and slapping, while 48.7% of scenes contained verbal aggression, primarily name–calling. Perpetrators of aggression were usually male, whereas targets of aggression were overwhelmingly female. [24] Ana Bridges, et al., “Violence Against Women,” Sage 16, no. 10 (October 2010): 1065–1085. This current study analyzes the content of popular pornographic videos with the objectives of updating depictions of aggression, degradation, and sexual practices and comparing the study’s results to previous content analysis studies. Findings indicate high levels of aggression in pornography in both verbal and physical forms.
  • A Google search for ‘bestiality’ generated 2.7 million returns. (Google-accessed April 28, 2014).
  • 30% of the Internet industry is pornography. [18] Stephen Yagielowicz, “The Internet Really is Porn,” http://www.xbiz.com/news/146703 (accessed 6/11/14). “Anthony compiled data from Google’s Double Click Ad Planner to reveal that Videos is currently the largest adult website, boasting 4.4 billion page views per month; with other adult sites, such as LiveJasminYouPornTube8 and Pornhub all commanding vast expanses of market share, ‘that dwarf almost everything except the Googles and Facebooks of the Internet.’”  “…that sets adult sites apart from non-adult sites; with Anthony comparing a 15-20 minute average porn site visit to a three-to-six minute visit on a news site as evidence of adult’s stickiness. . . . Anthony states that ‘while the amounts vary, typical adult websites contain 50 to 200 terabytes of porn and are responsible for nearly a third of all Internet traffic.’”  “Anthony stated, ‘It’s probably not unrealistic to say that porn makes up 30 percent of the total data transferred across the Internet.’” See Sebastin Anthony, “Just how big are porn sites?” Extreme Tech, http://www.extremetech.com/computing/123929-just-how-big-are-porn-sites.
  • The United States is the largest producer and exporter of hard core pornographic DVDs and web material, followed by Germany. Ibid.
  • A Google Trends analysis indicates that searches for “Teen Porn” have more than tripled between 2005-2013. Total searches for teen-related porn reached an estimated 500,000 daily in March 201— one-third of total daily searches for pornographic web sites.
  • A Google search for ‘bestiality’ generated 2.7 million returns.  (http://familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html#important_countries)
  • A recent content analysis of the 50 best-selling adult videos revealed that across all scenes:
    • 3,376 verbal and/or physically aggressive acts were observed.  
    • On average, scenes had 11.52 acts of either verbal of physical aggression, ranging from none to 128.
    • 48 percent of the 304 scenes analyzed contained verbal aggression, while more than 88 percent showed physical aggression.  
    • 72 percent of aggressive acts were perpetrated by men. 
    • 88.2% of top-rated porn scenes contain physical aggression (spanking, gagging, slapping, etc.); 48.7% contain verbal aggression (name calling).  Perpetrators were usually male,
    • 94 percent of aggressive acts were committed against women. (Bridges, A., Wosnitzer)
    •  R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (in press).  Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography: A content analysis update. Violence Against Women.)
  • Findings from the Youth Internet Safety Survey indicate that 15% of 12-17 year olds have purposefully looked at x-rated material online.
  • Data from the PEW Internet and American Life Project suggest that 70% of 15-17 year old Internet users accidently view pornography "very" or "Somewhat" often.
  • Men who view pornography are more likely to show an increased behavioral intent to rape, and are more likely to believe rape myths. Foubert, JD; Brosi  MW; Bannon, RS. “Pornography Viewing amoung Fraternity Men: Effects on Bystander Intervention, Rape Myth Acceptance and Behavioral Intent to Commit Sexual Assult,” Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 2011; 18(4): 212-231, at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10720162.2011.625552#.VLGJH2sfrtQ
  • The words "sex" and "porn" rank fourth and sixth among the top ten most popular search terms. [15] Symantec. (10 August 2009).  School's Out and Your Kids are Online: Do you know what they've been searching for this summer?  Cupperton, CA.