With the advancements in mobile technology, we are finding it easier to access some things on the Internet that may be considered offensive by others. There are many reasons why some people fear pornography on the Internet. Whatever it is that makes some people afraid of Internet pornography, it is not enough to keep the many who find a way to access these sites regularly.
According to Rescue: Freedom, the sex-related entertainment business makes just under $13 billion dollars a year in the U.S. This statistic is based on a report from 2006. Almost 10 years later, these numbers are sure to have increased a great amount annually.
What is Internet pornography?
Internet pornography is the publication of X-rated movies and other sexually explicit materials on the World Wide Web. These sexually explicit materials are becoming more and more accessible with the advancements in technology, including tables and smart phones.
How it is being accessed
Over the years, as technology has brought us new, portable devices, the Internet has made pornography more accessible for those seeking to view it and in many cases, those who do not. According to Spokane Cares, the Internet has made it possible for pornography to not only be more accessible, it also makes it more affordable and anonymous.
Gone are the days of porn being searched out in dark alleys or with rooms with curtains in the back of video stores. Now it can be accessed 24/7 on the Internet and TV pipelines. There are many different methods these sites can be accessed, including phones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and other digital devices in our homes, schools and places of work.
Internet pornography statistics
There are many different statistics related to Internet pornography, including how many access it daily, how much money is earned and how much people pay for access to Internet pornography sites. Here are some statistics offered by Rescue: Freedom, an organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking:
- Porn revenues in 2007 was reduced by half due to the amount of free porn available online
- Porn accounts for more than half of the pay-per-view Internet content market
- 2002 we saw 11,300 mainstream, hardcore porn films released
- Only 470 Hollywood feature films were released the same year
- The number of online porn sites are in the millions
- Free porn sites account for more than 7- percent of all adult material online
- Many of the “free” sites are teasers and bait for the pay websites
- In 2009, YouTube’s searches for the word porn was more than 330,000 results
- Many online porn videos are only clips from actual porn movies
Enough is Enough published a list of statistics related to those who watch internet pornography. Here are some of those statistics:
- Porn sites get more visitors than Amazon, Netflix and Twitter combined
- Porn accessed by mobile devices is expected to reach $2.8 billion in 2015
- Searches for “Teen Porn” have more than tripled from 2005-2013 on Google Trends
- One-third of the Internet is used for porn
- Youth who watch violent X-rated material are six times more likely to force another person into doing something sexual (on-line or in person)
- Middle-school aged boys who view Internet pornography are almost three times more likely to have oral sex and sexual intercourse than those who do not watch it
- In a recent study, 53 percent of boys and 28 percent of girls (ages 12-15) have reported watching sexually explicit movies and media
- Nine out of 10 young men and 1 out of three young women report watching and using pornography
- Seven out of ten youth have accidentally found pornography online
- Close to 80 percent of unwanted exposure to free pornography on the Internet is happening in the home; nine percent is happening at school and five percent is happening at a friend’s home
Theories about pornography
So many people feel they need to fear Internet pornography because of what they have been told to believe about it. There are many theories behind why watching pornography is bad and how an Internet pornography addiction can hinder one’s life.
According to NPR, here are the top theories about Internet pornography and how it affects the more than 40 million people who view it daily:
- If addicted it be just as powerful and damaging as if the person was addicted to drugs
- Those who watch it often become distant – emotionally, socially and physically
- Eventual preference to pornography than sexual intercourse
- Society deems pornography as immoral
- Many believe it is demeaning to women
- Many believe those who watch porn will become forceful, wishing to act out their favorite episodes
- Some cases prove porn can lead to promiscuity, voyeurism, exhibitionism, rape, sadomasochism, child molestation and rape
- Can lead to extramarital affairs
Internet pornography laws
So many people who are accessing pornography on the Internet often fear they are doing something illegal. Which is why so many ask the question: “Is Internet pornography illegal?”
The University of California at Santa Barbara offers two simple answers to those concerned about the legalities of Internet pornography.
It is illegal in the United States for:
- Anyone under the age of 18 to view pornography
- Make, view and distribute child pornography
Other than that, watching Internet porn is not illegal in the United States.
The two biggest concerns with Internet pornography is that it can be easily accessed by the youth of our nation and that some may find themselves addicted and it interferes with their daily life. That is why it is so important we learn what we can about how it is accessed and monitor those in our own households to ensure they are not doing anything they should not be, when it comes to accessing pornography on the Internet.