Pornography is everywhere
New Year's is often a time when individuals make resolutions to be better as individuals. As we are now entering into the 11th year of the 21st century, families may want to make resolutions to help make their homes safer. With the increasing access to the Internet through various means of technology, parents may want to take a look at these sobering statistics.
In 2006, we saw worldwide pornography revenues generate more than $97 billion, producing more revenue than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink combined. Pornographic search engine requests accounted for more than 25 percent of daily traffic on the Internet, and 8 percent of daily e-mails were pornographic in nature. Roughly 90 percent of 8 to 16-year-olds viewed pornography online and an estimated 80 percent of 15 to 17 year-olds have repeatedly engaged in finding hard core pornography.
According to another study, the average age of first introduction to pornography is around 11 years old and 1 in every 7 youth receives a sexual solicitation. One study found that 9 out of 10 boys and one-third of girls use pornography.
It doesn't just affect homes. According to a 2008 Newsweek report, “Fully one-quarter of employees who use the Internet visit porn sites during the workday, according to October figures from Nielsen Online; that's up from 23 percent a year ago.”
The chances of exposure are extremely high. Research has shown that viewing pornography has the same physiological effects on the brain as doing a line of cocaine. Because of technology, individuals have found that pornography is easily accessibly, affordable, and often times addicting. Many have reported experiencing devastating effects on marriages and families because of pornography.
Parents can purchase blocking software for computers, regularly check text messages on phones, review browsing histories on portable devices, and most importantly, talk often with their children about sex, drugs, and the many challenges facing our youths today.
Troy Love, LCSW is an adjunct professor at Arizona Western College and president of Courageous Journeys Counseling and Consulting Services. He can be reached at 928-276-9535 or via e-mail at email@example.com.