I mentioned on Twitter last week that I was researching internet pomography (spelt wrong deliberately to avoid spam). I was amazed by how many of my Twitter friends and followers were keen for me to share what I came up with for their own sermons, talks, research etc., so as promised – here’s what I discovered:
- Every second, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pomography and $3,075.64 is being spent on pomography
- The pomography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink
- There are 4.2 million pomographic websites, which is 12% of all the websites on the internet
- Every day there are 68 million (25% of the total) search engine requests for pomographic terms
- The USA produces 89% of all pomographic web pages
- 42.7% of internet users view pom
- The average age of first exposure to pomography is 11 years old and 80% of 15-17 year olds have had multiple hard-core exposure
- The 35-49 age group is the largest consumer of internet pomography
- 47% of Christians say that pomography is a major problem in the home
- 17% of women struggle with pomography addiction
- Breakdown of male/female visitors to pomography sites – 72% – 28%
- Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction – 10%
- A quarter of men aged 18-24 are worried about the amount of pom they are watching on the internet.
(I can provide the various sources for these statistics if needed.)
If you’re interested, you can listen to the message I preached on Lust & Adultery here. If you’re struggling with pomography can I encourage you to talk to your pastor or a trusted Christian friend, rather than fighting alone. I’d also highly recommend the book ‘Captured by a Better Vision‘ by Tim Chester.