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There is a common misconception about the consumption of pornographic materials on the Internet. Some people believe that porn usage simply isn’t that big of a deal because it is a victimless vice. After all, who is someone really hurting if they choose to consume pornographic materials other than themselves? On the surface, this may appear to be a logical and rational argument. However, when you take a deeper dive into the numbers, you can see shocking trends and statistics that truly emphasize just how big the societal cost is to Internet pornography.

 

Business Productivity Costs 

One of the victims of internet pornography usage is employers around the world, who experience significant costs of employee consumption of pornography during business hours and on business property. A Nielsen study conducted in 2010 showed that a whopping 28% of people utilized the work computers to visit sites with sexual content. In fact, the average employee spent over an hour and a half per month on such sites. If you extrapolate that number out across the workforce, you are looking at tens of millions of employees viewing porn at work and a staggering productivity loss of over $16 billion and growing each and every year.

The Impact on Marriages

We all know that the state of marriages in the United States is tenuous, with the high divorce rate of common knowledge. What you may not realize is that porn is a big contributor to these issues. A 2010 survey by the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families showed that 47% of households reported porn as a problem. Frequent porn usage is also tied to an increased rate of unfaithfulness in marriages, and the impact isn’t small – it increases infidelity by more than 300%. Divorce cases around the country cite pornography as a contributing factor to the failure of the marriage in over half of the court filings. The impact on family life is hard to overstate.

Teens Might Suffer Worst of All

The teenage years are essential for developing a healthy grasp of sexuality, and pornographic exposure can cause a major malfunction in this development. Frequent porn use is directly tied to an increased rate of teenage pregnancy which may be as high as twice the national average. There is also a correlation between porn usage and depression and feelings of loneliness in teens. Since pornography is such a skewed and unrealistic portrayal of a healthy sex life, many teens exposed to porn report substantially lower levels of sexual self-esteem and struggle to establish healthy relationships with others.

When you consider the fact that every second there are over 28,000 people consuming porn on the Internet and 2.5 billion emails containing porn are sent each day, you can see just how quickly these costs become absolutely staggering, on a societal, financial, and developmental level. Now, perhaps more than ever before, we need to take proactive steps to prevent access to pornography in our homes, at our places of business, and on our mobile devices. Contact us now for more information on how you can protect your internet connections with a CleanerNet filter!