Many have been conditioned into believing that viewing pornography is acceptable in life.
But have you ever stopped to think that you're addicted to pornography because of your unwillingness to base your life upon a spiritual and moral foundation?
Jeffery (not his real name), a born again Christian says it will take the hand of Almighty God to rid anyone of pornography desires.
"Human willpower cannot. I tried," he says.
"I have, by the grace of God, been delivered from an addiction of more than 30 years. I didn't have a strategy, not to mention the desire, to overcome my addiction. Sadly, most of the years that I was in my addiction I did not want to be free from it. The reasons for this were many, but I believe that it was primarily because I was not yet a Christian. I did not want to hear or understand the truth. I wanted to live in darkness," he says.
While it's unknown exactly how much the industry is raking in, many websites have placed it at $13-$14 billion annually, while others argue such a figure is just a widely disseminated myth.
So how much pornography do people actually watch these days?
What are the laws that govern our nation regarding pornography, selling or watching pornography, what are the penalities, if any?
What are the avenues, devices, open doors that give us easy access.
The internet has hundreds of porn sites, some paid, others offering free downloads to indulge viewers; DVDs from video outlets or friends, magazines, books, pictures.
Who can access porn today? Just about anybody of any age group, who has access to the internet, via computer, mobile phones, ipods, and the latest technology and devices on the market today.
But who needs porn anyway, when our children have MTV and many other video shows with its endless clips of their favourite stars, artists, actors/actresses and local personalities dressed up in porn-style regalia. And they watch it over and over and over again , everyday of every month, of every year.
Our children grow up with these images, many with no parental supervision or intervention (because parents or elders would be considered "old fashioned" and many parents these days don't want to be reminded of that. )
An article in The Guardian, titled 'Porn: a multibillion-dollar industry that renders all authentic desire plastic,' Dr Gail Dines, a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston described the "pornification" of our culture as: "wherein porn images, messages and stories seep into our sexual identities and relationships.
"This trend can be seen in the ever-higher heels that are now popular with women, the hypersexed look of younger and younger girls...." she wrote, adding that many men prefer their sex partners to dress, and behave somewhat like porn stars in the bedroom, which made perfect sense given that many of these men got most of their sex education from porn.
She wrote: "A multibillion-dollar industry that produces more than 13,000 films a year in the United States alone, the porn business is embedded in a complex value chain, linking not just film producers and distributors, but also bankers, software producers, credit card companies, internet providers, cable companies, and hotel chains. Porn has been a major source of revenue for hotels for some time now, with chains such as Holiday Inn, Hilton, Sheraton, Radisson, Hyatt and Marriott making a lot of money from pay-per-view TV.
Internet pornography statistics become
outdated very quickly, especially in the Internet environment where numbers change daily, however Pornography Time Statistics on Familysafemedia.com, one of the rare sites on the internet today aimed at 'Preserving Family Values in a Media Driven Society' as its slogan reads, revealed that:
* 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 US.
The site claims that money raked in by the pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink, adding that US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC.
As far back as 2006-2007, the trends were already shocking, as these figures below reveal.
Internet Pornography Statistics
Pornographic websites — 4.2 million (12 per cent of total websites)
Pornographic pages — 420 million
Daily pornographic search engine requests- 68 million (25 per cent of total search engine requests)
Daily pornographic emails — 2.5 billion (8 per cent of total emails)
Internet users who view porn —42.7 per cent
Received unwanted exposure to sexual material —34 per cent
Average daily pornographic emails/user-—4.5 per internet user
Monthly pornographic downloads (Peer-to-peer)—1.5 billion (35 per cent of all downloads)
Daily Gnutella "child pornography" requests—116,000
Websites offering illegal child pornography—100,000
Sexual solicitations of youth made in chat rooms—89 per cent
Youths who received sexual solicitation— 1 in 7 (down from 2003 stat of 1 in 3)
Worldwide visitors to pornographic web sites— 72 million visitors to pornography: Monthly internet pornography sales—4 .9 billion
Children Internet Pornography Statistics
Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography —11years old
Largest consumer of Internet pornography: 35 — 49 age group
15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures — 80 per cent
8-16 year olds having viewed porn online
— 90 per cent (most while doing homework)
7-17 year olds who would freely give out home address — 29 per cent
7-17 year olds who would freely give out email address — 14 per cent
Children's character names linked to thousands of porn links— 26 (Including Pokemon and Action Man)
Adult Internet Pornography Statistics
Men admitting to accessing pornography at work — 20 per cent
US adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites — 40 million
Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week — 53 per cent
Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home — 47 per cent
Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction — 10 per cent
Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites — 72 per cent male, 28 per cent female