As a disclaimer, these posts will contain my (Andy’s) opinions on subjects and might well include bits you disagree with. I apologise in advance if anything comes across as insensitive or badly worded. My intent is not to offend, but to encourage a personal honest assessment. I got very good at justifying what I was doing and came up with every excuse as to why my habit was harmless. It took a lot of research and documentaries about the porn industry before I started to admit that this wasn’t just an innocent, personal activity. In these blogs I’ll be summarising information that is already widely available across vast quantities of articles, research papers and books. Not everything will be covered, but hopefully the main topics of science, society and scripture will be a good starting place.

A vital side-note; none of this change would have begun if it hadn’t been for Jesus’ death and resurrection. I don’t have time to explain that here, but check out the video to hear how it works, because everything I’m saying below hinges on this truth.

Porn is a very common problem

I’m obviously only going to be able to scratch the surface with this blog, so if you want to a more extensive exposé of the facts you can find a lot from Covenant Eyes or Blazing Grace.

Some Facts:

  • The porn industry generates $13 billion each year in the US.
  • 68% of young adult men and 18% of women use porn at least once every week.
  • 9 out of 10 boys are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  • The first exposure to pornography among men is 12 years old, on average.
  • 67% of young men and 49% of young women say viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one’s sexuality.
  • Porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.
  • It’s not rare to find churches where over 70% of the young men struggle with regularly viewing explicit material.

These don’t really need much explanation, they make the point themselves; porn is everywhere and it likely affects you and most of the people around you (in the church too). It has even got to the point that there is almost no difference between some scenes in a music video and those in softer rated porn films. For anyone with a vulnerability for sexual imagery there is no protecting yourself; shop windows, London buses, ad breaks on TV will all regularly and unflinchingly feature images that are geared towards arousal. The advertising industry is not ashamed at all of its mantra, ‘sex sells’ and wherever possible they’ll push these boundaries as far as possible and it looks like they’re not planning to stop.

These blogs are not aimed at being a witch-hunt; they are instead a wake up call to the fact that this situation is very very common. The next blog will take a closer look at what effect porn has on us biologically.