2015 and Our Problem With Porn [infographic]

by admin January 27, 2016   Blog

How much porn are people actually watching now?

Porn websites are becoming so mainstream and generating so much income that they are actually putting out yearly reviews on things from how much is streamed to what the top searched words were this year.  Porn is a big industry and they are out to make people feel like this is a normal part of a healthy life.  One website just released their yearly review from 2015 and some of the stats mdight alarm you.  These stats really have broken our hearts for students and the families we serve in our church.  I hope it does the same for you.

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This past year this one porn website has had 21 billion visits.  Yes, that is 21 billion!  A few of the countries that are accessing the most porn is USA, and Canada.

One of the most surprising things about this infographic above is that the most commented word is love.  It’s sad that a word like love would be used to approve of what is being done.  When I look at what love is, this isn’t it.  When I look at what Paul tells the Corinthians in 1 Cor 13:4 about love it’s, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

The website, fight the new drug, stated on their blog in reference to this yearly review and the most commented word love, “Does it make it okay that this word, which is meant to describe selfless devotion and loyal adoration is the most common word on a site that shows nothing but the most warped and twisted version of it?

We don’t think so. We know that real love is something that should be cherished, valued, and not cheapened by fake imitations like porn.”

Churches and youth ministries need to make this more of a focal point.  We need to develop better ways to deal with this, and the addiction.  To be honest, it feels like we are loosing a battle.  How can we compete with companies that are bringing in more than Hollywood?

In my youth ministry we dedicate a whole month to talk about sex, and relationships, and this year we added a week talking about porn.  I hope that students years from now come back and thank our leaders for the lives they lived, and how they pointed the students to Jesus.

 

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When you look at the world wide hourly traffic on pornhub you can see a solution.  People looking at porn late in the evenings and on the weekends.  When counselling teenagers who are wanting to deal with their porn problem, the first recommendation is to keep their phone in a central place, and to not take it into their bedroom or bathroom late at night.

One of the ways to deal with the addiction is to know when you are going to want to seek it out.  Then the way is to limit your access to it, and know when you are the most likely to access porn.

Porn today has become normal.  I hate saying that.  It has and will continue to become more mainstream.  With the rise of soft core porn shows on Netflix, HBO and the like, we are in a battle ground for the hearts and souls of teenagers.  Teenagers who are looking for love.  Who are looking to be loved, and in the process they are seeing a counterfeit.  What they are viewing will only draw them further away from real and health relationships.

Here are some awesome resources to help you navigate porn with your students:

  1. Fight the new drug.
  2. xxx church. 
  3. Porn Again Christian (ebook)
  4. Covenant Eyes
  5. Circle with disney (product).

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