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Pornography’s Tentacles Creeping Its Way into the Pillar of Society - Families

Pornography. Its powerful, relentless tentacles have crept their way into many of the world’s societies and have taken captive countless men and women’s thoughts in the most destructive ways. It is not discriminative of gender or age, nor does it care how many families it wreaks havoc on. Throughout history, families have been the pillar of societies. An implicit rule is that parents have the responsibility to keep their children safe and help them understand and uphold good, moral values, and be contributing citizens that help promote and sustain healthy societies. No matter what religious beliefs people have, the majority will agree that there is good and evil. If evil is allowed to grow, families will crumble, and societies will fail.

A few years ago, if a person wanted to engage in pornography, they would have to walk into a store to purchase magazines or order them through the mail. Today, it is instantly available through a click of the computer keyboard. It is being promoted through various industries, including well-known big tech companies that claim to support family values. The following statistics are borrowed from Fight the New Drug organization (https://fightthenewdrug.org/by-the-numbers-see-how-many-people-are-watching-porn-today/):

​According to global website traffic data from Statista, the top 3 porn sites in the world receive a combined 5.81 billion website visits per month. 1

​There are about 134,491 new website visits per minute—just on those 3 websites. Plus, website traffic tools suggest that visitors to porn sites tend to spend about 18 minutes on the site each time they visit. 2

​All in all, that means there are about 2.4 million people on the top 3 porn sites every minute.

Today, porn sites receive more website traffic in the U.S. than Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Netflix, Pinterest, and Zoom combined. 3

According to site data from 2019, in the time it takes you to read this article, Pornhub will have recorded more than 200,000 visits. 4

​Pornhub estimates that in 2019, 12,500 gigabytes of porn were uploaded to the site every minute—enough to fill the memories of every smartphone in the world. 5

Enough porn was watched in 2016 on this one website that all the data would fill 194,000,000 USB sticks. If you put the USB sticks end to end, they’d wrap all the way around the moon. 6

According to a 2021 study, 1 out of every 8 porn titles shown to first-time visitors to porn sites described acts of sexual violence. 7

“Teen” is the most common word used in porn titles. 8

In 2017 alone, Pornhub got 28.5 billion visits. That’s almost 1,000 visits a second, or 78.1 million a day—way more than the population of the entire United Kingdom. That number jumped to 42 billion site visits in 2019. 9/10

In 2016, 91,980,225,000 videos were watched on Pornhub. In 2018, that number jumped to more than 109,012,068,000. That’s over 14 videos watched for every person on the entire planet. 11/12

More than 5,824,699,200 hours of porn were watched on Pornhub in 2019 alone. That’s equal to almost 665 centuries of content consumed in 1 year, on just one porn site. 13

“Lesbian,” “teen,” “stepmom,” “mom,” and “step-sister” have all topped the charts as some of the most searched terms on the site for the last 6 years, at least.

At the Citizens for Decency organization (www.citizensfordecency.org), we implore members of the public to help strengthen the pillars of our society – the family. Become involved and take a stand in the fight against pornography.


CITATIONS

1 Statista. (2021). Most popular websites worldwide as of November 2021, by total visits. Accessed on March 28, 2022. Retrieved from https://www.statista.com/statistics/1201880/most-visited-websites-worldwide/


2 Semrush Blog. (2021). Top 100: The Most Visited websites in the US—2021 Top websites edition. Accessed on March 28, 2022. Retrieved from https://www.semrush.com/blog/most-visited-websites/


3 Semrush Blog. (2021). Top 100: The Most Visited websites in the US—2021 Top websites edition. Accessed on March 28, 2022. Retrieved from https://www.semrush.com/blog/most-visited-websites/


4 Pornhub Insights. (2019). The 2019 year in review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2019-year-in-review


5 Pornhub Insights. (2019). The 2019 year in review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2019-year-in-review


6 Pornhub Insights. (2016). Pornhub's 2016 Year In Review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2016-year-in-review


7 Vera-Gray, F., McGlynn, C., Kureshi, I., & Butterby, K. (2021). Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography. The British Journal of Criminology, doi:10.1093/bjc/azab035


8 Vera-Gray, F., McGlynn, C., Kureshi, I., & Butterby, K. (2021). Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography. The British Journal of Criminology, doi:10.1093/bjc/azab035


9 Pornhub Insights. (2017). 2017 Year In Review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2017-year-in-review


10 Pornhub Insights. (2019). The 2019 year in review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2019-year-in-review


11 Pornhub Insights. (2016). Pornhub's 2016 Year In Review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2016-year-in-review


12 Pornhub Insights. (2018). 2018 Year In Review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2018-year-in-review


13 Pornhub Insights. (2019). The 2019 year in review. Retrieved from https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2019-year-in-review


14 British Board of Film Classification. (2020). Young people, pornography & age-verification. BBFC. Retrieved from https://www.bbfc.co.uk/about-classification/research


15 Wright, P. J., Paul, B., & Herbenick, D. (2021). Preliminary insights from a U.S. probability sample on adolescents’ pornography exposure, media psychology, and sexual aggression. J.Health Commun., 1-8. doi:10.1080/10810730.2021.1887980


16 Solano, I., Eaton, N. R., & O'Leary, K. D. (2020). Pornography Consumption, Modality and Function in a Large Internet Sample. Journal of sex research, 57(1), 92–103. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2018.1532488



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