Statistics on Internet Dangers

Pornography General Stats

• As of 2003, there were 1.3 million pornographic websites; 260 million pages (N2H2, 2003).

• The total porn industry profit: estimates from $4 billion to $10 billion (National Research Council Report, 2002); Total U.S. revenue (2005): $12.6 billion (Adult Video News).

• U.S. adult DVD/video rentals in 2005: almost 1 billion (Adult Video News).

• Hotel viewership for adult films: 55% (

• Unique users visiting adult web sites monthly: 45 million (Neilsen Net Ratings).

• More than 70% of men from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month. (comScore Media Metrix).

• Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction: 10%; 28% of those are women (

• More than 20,000 images of child pornography posted online every week (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 10/8/03).

• Approximately 20% of all Internet pornography involves children (National Center for Mission & Exploited Children).

• 100,000 websites offer illegal child pornography (U.S. Customs Service estimate).

• As of December 2005, child pornography was a $3 billion annual industry (

• “At a 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two thirds of the 350 divorce lawyers who attended said the Internet played a significant role in the divorces in the past year, with excessive interest in online porn contributing to more than half such cases. Pornography had an almost non-existent role in divorce just seven or eight years ago.” --

Church and Pastoral Stats

• A 1996 Promise Keepers survey at one of their stadium events revealed that over 50% of the men in attendance were involved with pornography within one week of attending the event.

• 51% of pastors say cyber-porn is a possible temptation. 37% say it is a current struggle (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, 12/2001).

• Over half of evangelical pastors admit viewing pornography last year (

• Roger Charman of Focus on the Family's Pastoral Ministries reports that approximately 20% of the calls received on their Pastoral Care Line are for help with issues such as pornography and compulsive sexual behavior.

• In a 2000 Christianity Today survey, 33% of clergy admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site. Of those who had visited a porn site, 53% had visited such sites “a few times” in the past year, and 18% visit sexually explicit sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week.

• 29% of born again adults in the U.S. feel it is morally acceptable to view movies with explicit sexual behavior (The Barna Group).

• 57% of pastors say that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation (Christians and Sex Leadership Journal Survey, March 2005).

• 34% of female readers of Today's Christian Woman's online newsletter admitted to intentionally accessing Internet porn in a recent poll and 1 out of every 6 women, including Christians, struggles with an addiction to pornography (Today’s Christian Woman, Fall 2003). Family Stats

• 47% percent of families said pornography is a problem in their home (Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003).

• The Internet was a significant factor in 2 out of 3 divorces, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2003 (

Youth-Specific Stats

• 9 out of 10 children between the ages of 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet, in most cases unintentionally (London School of Economics January 2002).

• Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old (

• Largest consumer of Internet pornography: 12 – 17 year-old age group (

• Youth with significant exposure to sexuality in the media were shown to be 2.2 times more likely to have had intercourse at ages 14 to 16 (Report in Pediatrics, April, 2006).

• Adult industry says traffic is 20-30% children (NRC Report 2002, 3.3).

• "Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions." -- U.S. Department of Justice, Post Hearing Memorandum of Points and Authorities, at l, ACLU v. Reno, 929 F. Supp. 824 (1996).

Online Perpetrators

• 1 in 5 children who use chat rooms have been approached by a pedophile online ( 1/02).

• 1 in 4 kids participate in Real Time Chat (FamilyPC Survey, 2000). • 1 in 5 children (10 to 17 years old) receives unwanted sexual solicitations online (Youth Internet Safety Survey, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001). • 2 in 5 abductions of children ages 15-17 are due to Internet contact (San Diego Police Dept.).

• 76% of victims in Net-initiated sexual exploitation cases were 13-15, 75% were girls. "Most cases progressed to sexual encounters." 93% of the face-to-face meetings involved illegal sex (Journal of Adolescent Health, November 2004).

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