One of the things I’ve been doing a lot of in my interviews lately is throwing statistics around because I believe the data shows we’re going to have a national, if not international epidemic on our hands in the next generation. I wanted to share with everybody some of the statistics that has made me reach this conclusion.
I’m not including them here for now, but the world’s most popular pornography site, Pornhub.com does an amazing job releasing its statistics of use on an annual basis. It feels weird to compliment a site that likely contributes to millions of people becoming porn addicts, but as far as their statistics go, they are meticulous and thorough, and I’ll be putting something together on the kind of information they provide in the near future.
As for now, here are some of the facts I’ve been throwing around and where I got the information.
Just How Many People View Pornography or May Be Addicts?
- Eight in ten (79%) men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography monthly
- Two-thirds (67%) of men between the ages of 31 and 49 view pornography monthly
- One-third (33%) of men between the ages of 18 and 30 either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography
- Combined, 18% of all men either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography, which equates to 21 million men. [i]
- 42.7% of all internet users view pornography[ii]
- More than 80% of women who have porn addiction take it offline. Women, far more than men, are likely to act out their behaviors in real life, such as having multiple partners, casual sex, or affairs[iii]
- According to National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, 2010, 47% of families in the United States reported that pornography is a problem in their home[iv]
- The number of U.S. employees reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of March 30th, 2012 was 132 million. If we divide this to represent 28% of employees using a work computer to visit pornographic sites up to 37 million employees viewing pornography.[v]
So what is “Sex Addiction” according to the experts?
Pornography addiction, much like sex addiction, is still not classified as official diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – the DSM.
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Definition of Sex Addiction:[vi]
- Sexual preoccupation to the point of obsession
- Loss of control over urges, fantasies, and behaviors (typically evidenced by failed attempts to quit or cut back)
- Negative life consequences related to compulsive sexual behaviors, such as ruined relationships, trouble at work or school, loss of interest in nonsexual activities, financial problems, loss of community standing, shame, depression, anxiety, legal issues, and more
Statistics That Show More Professional and Peer Help is Needed
There were 900 certified sex addiction therapists in the US in 2010. The number was at 2500 in 2017. [vii]
There are over 92,000 drug and alcohol counselors in the US in 2017. [viii]
There are 1,500 meetings of Sex Addicts Anonymous happening in the US every week.[ix]
There are 62,671 AA groups in the US, many of which meet more than one time per week.[x]
[iii] Today’s Christian Woman, September/October 2003
[v] The Nielsen Company, 2010 via https://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/resources/tips/digital-family-life/internet-pornography-by-the-numbers