Pornography online is growing at a rapid pace, and while pornography addiction has not yet been classified as a mental disorder, it may soon. Porn addiction, as laypeople call it, consumes and controls the lives of thousands of people around the world. With the easy access of the Internet, any person of any age can access thousands of sexualized images and videos with a few clicks of a mouse.
Porn Addiction and Child Sexual Abuse
There is a correlation between online porn and pedophilia. There is an estimated one million pornographic videos and/or images of children online right now. In addition, child predators often use Internet porn to lure in young people. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that almost half of all child predators have child porn on their computers. The child porn industry could be generating as much as $50 billion per year.
Pornography addiction often starts in the childhood years and can get worse unless the victim receives therapeutic treatment. Children are becoming addicted to pornography at startling rates. Most children view their first pornographic image online at the age of 11, and by the time they are 17, about 80 percent of them have watched pornographic videos online. At least 20 percent of children have admitted to receiving sexual solicitations from adults online. Perhaps most frightening of all, at least two in five of all teen abductions are initiated through the Internet.
Adult Pornography Addiction
An estimated 12 percent of all websites online are pornographic in nature. That equates to over 24 million websites! Every second of the day, over 28,000 people are looking at porn online. Men between the ages of 18 and 24 are the largest porn consumers, with about 70 percent of them visiting porn sites regularly. Men, however, are not the only viewers of porn. At least one in three of all regular porn viewers are women. Perhaps surprisingly, Utah has the highest number of porn subscribers out of any state in the U.S.
All of this Internet porn equals big business, to the tune of $2.84 billion a year in the United States. Worldwide, the revenue rises to nearly $5 billion. In order to capture loyal porn viewers, business owners and marketers send 2.5 billion unsolicited emails a day and create thousands of pop up ads.
Porn addiction is similar to other types of addiction. It can be treated through behavioral modification and therapy. If you suffer from porn addiction, there is help if you look for it.