Internet Pornography Statistics

By: Ron Lagerquist

Disclaimer: After extensive studies experts are now saying that Internet Pornography is the crack cocaine of pornography and is a growing epidemic that will forever change our society.  Please do not read the following statistics as simply numbers.  They represent millions of real people, many are children. 

Internet Pornography Industry

  • The Internet pornography industry generates $12 billion dollars in annual revenue.  This is larger than the annual combined revenues of ABC, NBC, and CBS. ~Family Safe Media, January 10, 2006

  • According to the Florida Family Association, PornCrawler, their specialized software program, identified 20 U.S. companies that accounted for more than 70 percent of 297 million internet pornography links.

  • By the end of 2004, there were 420 million pages of internet pornography, and it is believed that the majority of these websites are owned by less than 50 companies. ~LaRue, Jan. “Obscenity and the First Amendment.” Summit on Pornography. Rayburn House Office Building. Room 2322. May 19, 2005

  • N2H2's database contained 14 million identified pages of pornography in 1998, compared to 260 million in 2003, representing an almost 20-fold increase in just five years. ~N2H2, 9/23/03

  • The cybersex industry generates approximately $1 billion annually and is expected to grow to $5-7 billion over the next 5 years. ~National Research Council Report, 2002

  • The total porn industry - estimates from $4 billion to $10 billion. ~National Research Council Report, 2002

  • The two largest individual buyers of bandwidth are U.S. firms in the internet pornography. ~National Research Council Report, 3-1, 2002

  • Business practices of commercial internet pornography sites:

-74 percent display free teaser porn images on the homepage, often porn banner ads.
-66 percent did not include a warning of adult content.
-11 percent included such a warning but did not have sexually explicit content on the homepage.
-25 percent prevented users from exiting the site (mousetrapping).
-Only 3 percent required adult verification.

~Child-Proofing on the World Wide Web: A Survey of Adult Webservers, 2001, Jurimetrics. National Research Council Report, 2002

Children Internet Pornography Statistics

  • The average age of first exposure to Internet porn is 11. ~Family Safe Media, December 15, 2005

  • 90% of 8-16 year olds having viewed porn online mostly while doing homework.

  • The largest group of viewers of internet Pornography is children between ages 12 and 17 ~Family Safe Media

  • Child pornography generates $3 billion annually. ~TopTenREVIEWs

  • There are an estimated 100,000 websites offering illegal child pornography

Internet Pornography Surfing Habits

  • Of all university students polled, 87% have virtual sex mainly using Instant Messenger, webcam, and telephone. ~CampusKiss and Tell” University and College Sex Survey. Released on February 14, 2006. February 17, 2006

  • 71.9 million people visited adult sites in August 2005, reaching 42.7 percent of the Internet audience. Internet users viewed over 15 billion pages of adult content in the month of August 2005.  Internet users spent an average of 14.6 minutes per day viewing adult content online. ~comScore Media Metrix

  • More than 32 million unique individuals visited a porn site in Sept. of 2003. Nearly 22.8 million of them were male (71 percent), while 9.4 million adult site visitors were female (29 percent). ~Nielsen/Net Ratings, Sept. 2003

  • 68 million daily pornographic search engine requests  constituting 25% of total search engine queries. ~TopTenREVIEWS


Christian Internet Pornography Figures

  • 51% of Pastors say Internet pornography is a possible temptation. 37% say it is a current struggle. 4 in 10 pastors have visited a porn website. ~Christianity Today, Leadership survey, Dec 2001

  • Of those polled at a Promise Keepers event, 50%  said they had checked out pornographic material within the past week.
  • One in six women (17%) including Christians, struggles with pornography addiction. ~Today's Christian Woman, 2003

  • Almost half of Christians surveyed said pornography is a major problem in the home.

Related Article: Breaking Porn Addiction

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