Blog: Internet Pornogaphy by the Numbers; A Significant Threat to Society

As a professional, I am always looking for relevant information about what is happening in the lives of individuals and families.  Internet Pornography by the Numbers; A Significant Threat to Society is a compelling article with statistics about the significant costs of pornography in our world. The authors, Webroot Smarter Cybersecurity indicate that pornography use negatively impacts business productivity by 16.9 Billion dollars annually. However, they suggest that fiscal costs are only part of the story. They believe that the human costs are much more significant.

They quote Patrick F. Fagan Ph.D. psychologist, and former Deputy Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary, who says, “Pornography hurts adults, children, couples, families, and society. Among adolescents, pornography hinders the development of healthy sexuality, and among adults, it distorts sexual attitudes and social realities. In families, pornography use leads to marital dissatisfaction, infidelity, separation and divorce.”

The article sites many general, youth, and family statistics about pornography use. Some of the statistics are quite startling for example, every second approximately 28,258 users are watching pornography on the internet and every second approximately $3,075.64 is being spent on internet pornography. Obviously, a huge amount of time and resources are being directed toward pornography use.  The statistics also target the impact that pornography use is having on adolescents.   The teenagers exposed to high levels of pornography experience loneliness, depression, and lower sexual self-esteem. The statistics also indicate a significant impact on marriages. In 2010, the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families reported that 47% of families reported that pornography is a problem in their home. Pornography use increases the infidelity rate by more than 300%.

The article provides us with thought provoking statistics and material about pornography that should be considered in business and in our personal lives.

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