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Pornography In The U.S.

 

There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. (Proverbs 14 from The Message Bible Translation)

FOUNDING FATHERS’ PERSPECTIVE

“Laws without morals are vain.” (Ben Franklin)

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams)

FACTS

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” (John Adams)

◊ The first pornography in the U.S. – printed cards with pictures of women, entered the U.S. in the 18th century from France. As immigration from less Puritanical countries increased, so did the availability of pornography. Today, the U.S. is the world leader in creating pornographic DVD’s and web materials, producing more than 400 DVD porn films every week.
Wikipedia. “Pornography in the United States”
Stop Porn Culture (SPC). “Facts and Figures”

◊ Money generated by the porn industry in the U.S. is estimated between $10—$12 billion annually. That is the same amount generated by the entire National Football League, or by all the movies released annually by Hollywood.
CNBC. 1/20/15. Morris, Chris. “Things are looking up in America’s porn industry”
Wikipedia. “List of professional sports leagues by revenue”
Box Office Mojo. “Yearly Box Office”

◊ 50% of all internet traffic is sex-related. American businesses lose $16.9 billion annually in productivity because 29% of working adults view porn at work.
Boston.com, 5/30/14. Tietjen, Denali. “Men who watch porn have small brains”
Fight the New Drug, 8/15/16. “Real stories of people being caught watching porn at work” 

◊ Between 2007 and 2013, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children experienced a 5000% increase in the number of suspected sexual child abuse cases related to sexual images and pornographic DVD’s.
Thorn, 2015. “Child Pornography Statistics”

◊ 66% of all men and 41% of all women view porn at least one per month. Young adults (15-24) view more porn , and believe that not recycling is more immoral and damaging to society than watching porn. Less than 10% of older adult porn viewers feel guilty about it or want to stop using it. Practicing Christians view porn 30% less than their peers, and have a greater desire to stop using it.
Barna, 4/6/16. “Porn in the digital age – Research reveals 10 trends”
Boston.com, 5/30/14. Tietjen, Denali, “Men who watch porn have small brains”

◊ Pornography use by either partner in a marriage increases the infidelity rate by 300%. In 56% of all divorces, one partner had an obsessive interest in porn websites.
Webroot. “Internet pornography by the numbers: a significant threat to society”

◊ Of the top 10 states that view the most pornography, 8 of them traditionally vote Democratic. Of the 10 states that view the least porn, 8 of them traditionally vote Republican.
Bustle, 4/14/14. Peters, Lucia. “The 10 states that watch the most porn and what it means for politics”

◊ In a variety of surveys, the increase in porn use is widely acknowledged as the causative factor: in the hyper–sexualizing of young girls, in young adults developing an unhealthy sense of sexuality, in distorting social realities, and in leading to marital dissatisfaction/separation/divorce.
Webroot. “Internet pornography by the numbers: a significant threat to society”

◊ Regular use of pornography has a number of damaging side effects. These include: Creating an emotional bond with an artificial world; Promoting sex without intimacy; Creating mental addiction cycles and an escalating desire for more degrading forms of porn ; and Deceiving porn users in regard to the qualities of authentic, constructive relationships.
Family Share, 2016. Tolley, Ann. “10 toxic side-effects of pornography use”

SUMMARY

Two things are clear about the pornography industry.

  1. It generates huge amounts of money.
  2. It has a degenerating effect on society’s foundational pillars: moral/spiritual values, marital fidelity, strong families, high character, protecting young children, and raising young men to respect women.

In most surveys, a strong, practicing faith in Christianity has emerged as the sole component that has any effect on reducing addiction to pornography. The growing addiction for porn, coupled with America’s increased addiction to drugs and alcohol, threatens to create a society that abandons the values that have historically held our nation together.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION

At local, state, and federal levels, pornography needs to be seen for what it is: an extremely serious and growing threat to our nation’s future. Public and private sectors, our schools, as well as non-profit foundations and the religious community, should campaign together to inform and dissuade men and women of all ages from consuming porn, and warn them of the inherent dangers.

Brief #15A – Sept. 9, 2016

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