Here are some fascinating facts about pornography.

“If you think you can’t fall into sexual sin, then you’re godlier than David, stronger than Samson, and wiser than Solomon.” – Bill Perkins

General Internet Statistics

  • 30% of all data transferred on the internet is porn
  • 12% of websites on the internet are pornographic – 24,644,172 sites
  • In the US internet porn generates $2.84 billion per year – the entire worldwide industry is worth $4.9 billion
  • Every second – $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography
  • Every second – 28,258 internet users are viewing pornography
  • Every second – 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines
  • Every 39 minutes a new porn video is being created in the US
  • 40 million American people regularly visit porn sites
  • 25% of all search engine requests are porn related – 68 million per day
  • 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic
  • There are 116,000 searches for “child pornography” every day
  • 70% of men aged 18-24 visit porn sites in a typical month
  • Porn sites get more visitors (450M) than Netflix (46M), Amazon (110M) and twitter (160M) combined.

Who is seeking pornography?

  • The United states is the largest producer and exporter of hard core porn DVD’s and web material, followed by Germany.
  • 1 in 3 porn users are women
  • 70% of men aged 18-24 visit porn sites in a typical month
  • 8% of all emails are pornographic – 2.5 billion per day
  • The least popular day of the year for watching porn is Thanksgiving
  • The most popular day of the week for watching porn is Sunday
  • Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old
  • 38 percent of adults believe there is nothing wrong with pornography

Christians vs. Non-Christians

  • A survey done by the Barna Group revealed that 15% of self-identified Christian men view pornography several times each month versus 14% of non-Christian men.
  • The same survey showed only 3% of Christian men and 6% of non Christian men have NEVER watched porn
  • 64% of self-identified Christian men and 15% of self-identified Christian women view pornography at least once a month (compared to 65% of non-Christian men and 30% of non-Christian women).
  • Only 13% of Christian women and 6% of non Christian women have NEVER watched porn.
  • 29% of born again adults in the U.S. feel it is morally acceptable to view movies with explicit sexual behavior

Porn in the workplace

  • 2/3 of HR professionals have found porn on employees’ work computers
  • 63% of adult men have looked at pornography at least on time while at work in the past 3 months
  • 36% of adult women have looked at pornography at least on time while at work in the past 3 months
  • According to a Message Labs monthly report from March 2004, 70% of Internet porn traffic occurs between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., when most people are at work.
  • The financial costs to business productivity in the US from porn is estimated to be $16.9 billion

Porn and religious leaders

  • In 2002, of 1,351 pastors surveyed, 54% said they had viewed Internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these had visited within the last 30 days.

Why are people watching porn?

  • 72% – said they used porn to masturbate/for physical release.
  • 69% – to sexually arouse themselves and/or others.
  • 54% – out of curiosity.
  • 43% – “because I can fantasize about things I would not necessarily want in real life.”
  • 38% – to distract myself.


Covenant Eyes – 2015 Pornography Statistics Report