3 Things You Need to Know About Porn

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“You are what you eat,” is a saying that is true not only metaphorically but also literally–the food you consume is broken down to create the building blocks that make you who you are.

But human beings aren’t all physical body and nothing else. We have minds too, and what we eat with our minds makes us who we are as people. What we take in with our eyes, the “mental food” that we spend time consuming, has a massive effect on who we are, and who we are becoming, as men and women in today’s world.

So what happens when 40 million Americans are regular porn site visitors, the average age a child is first exposed to porn is 11 years old, and 12% of the websites on the internet are pornographic? What does that say about the people who are growing and developing today?

Some people think porn isn’t all that bad. Excuses range from “I’m not doing any harm to anyone, really” to “porn helps me relieve stress.” After all, porn supporters argue, humans are sexual beings, right? It’s normal for them to look for outlets to express or explore that sexuality, and porn is as good a

No, no, no. Stop. Backup. None of those excuses are true, and porn is one of the absolute worst things that could happen to anyone’s expression or exploration of their sexuality. Just take a look at these sad but true facts:

Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy blamed porn for his descent into violence

Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy blamed porn for his descent into violence.

In the late 80s, a good-looking and charismatic young man named Ted Bundy was arrested for murdering dozens of women in seven states. Bundy tricked his victims into going with him by feigning authority or a disability, and then abducted and killed them.

Eventually, Bundy was caught and placed on death row. But the day before his execution, Bundy confessed in an interview that he’d come from a good, healthy family with “dedicated, loving parents.” So what was the trigger that set him down the path of no return?

Pornography.

At around age 12-13, Bundy was exposed to porn from the local grocery store and drugstore. Over time, he became more and more addicted to porn, and in Bundy’s own words: “you keep craving something harder…something that will give you a greater sense of excitement.” Eventually, Bundy said, this craving for excitement led him to rape and murder multiple women over the course of ten years. Moreover, in prison, he met others just like him: “I know a lot of men who are motivated to commit violence just like me…without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography.”

But he’s a serial killer, some people might argue. You can’t trust anything a serial killer says, they’re mentally sick!

Well, that may or may not be true, but consider these statistics:

According to one 1994 study, even nonviolent pornography is correlated with the user being more likely to force women–using drugs, alcohol, and verbal compulsion–have sex with them.


And a meta-analysis of 33 different studies demonstrated that exposure to porn (violent or not) increases aggressive fantasies and behavior, including assault.


A 2010 study analyzing 50 of the most popular porn films found that 90% of the scenes in the films contained verbal or physical aggression, and the typical scene averaged a dozen physical or verbal attacks.


From these statistics, it is abundantly clear that porn is intrinsically linked to violence. This is not to say that everyone who watches porn will become a violent killer. But it does mean that porn can increase chances of that happening. Why risk it? The less porn people consume, the less likely sick, violent serial killers will emerge to threaten our children.

Porn is more accessible than ever to children, thanks to growing mobile technology


The invention of the internet and mobile devices has done a lot of good in this world–allowing loved ones to connect across previously unheard-of-distances at the click of a button. However, this powerful platform has also allowed porn to thrive and spread globally like an unchecked virus.

According to website The Hustle, virtual reality porn is expected to be a $1 billion business by 2025, which is only third behind the expected scope of the virtual reality video game market and NFL-related content.

And the most troubling aspect of this expansion is that porn is targeting younger and younger users:

A 2018 Reuters Health study found that at least 1 in 4 teenagers are receiving sexually explicit messages over their electronic devices, 1 in 7 are sending these sexts, and 1 in 10 are forwarding sexts without consent.
According to the Pew Research Center, In 2015, 3 out of 4 American children had access to a smartphone, and many of these children are as young as 3 years old.
And mobile devices such as smartphones are one of the easiest ways for children to access porn, as one BBC source found that half of 15-17 year olds have accessed porn through a smartphone or tablet.
Children who haven’t even gone through puberty yet are now being exposed to inappropriate sexual knowledge: 1 in 10 kids under 10 have seen porn, according to research from security technology company Bitdefender, and 10% of the visitors to porn sites come from this under-10 group. This disturbing trend has been going on for years, and it’s only looking to keep growing unless responsible adults do something about it. Now.

Too many adults and teens perceive porn as “okay”


Despite the abundant evidence that porn use is harmful and unsuitable for human conception, a frightening number of teens and adults do not think so.

According to Barna Group, a mere 54% of adults 25 and older believe porn is wrong, and among teens, only a third say viewing porn is wrong (32%).   This posture toward porn among younger Americans is confirmed by how they talk about porn with their friends: the vast majority reports that conversations with their friends about porn are neutral, accepting or even encouraging. They generally assume most people look at porn at least on occasion, and the morality of porn is rarely discussed or even considered. Just one in 10 teens and one in 20 young adults report talking with their friends about porn in a disapproving way.

Why does this matter?

Children need to be protected from porn and its harmful effects. But how can that happen when many of the adults around them won’t acknowledge the severity of the problem, and their very own peer group encourages them to engage in porn watching, or at least stays neutral on the subject?

How to protect your children from pornography

The data and information about the harms of porn are overwhelming. Porn hurts marriages, creates sexual dysfunction, encourages violence, especially against women, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. The worst part is that young people (including very young children) are getting access to it more and more frequently thanks to mobile technology.

What can you, as a parent, do to shield your children from this growing monster?

First of all, don’t think it can’t happen to your family. Every child who has a phone or access to a mobile device is a potential victim of the porn marketing industry, creepy predators, or even their own friends and classmates who are already engaging in porn or sexting.

What can I do?

If porn is an issue in your home OR you want to get ahead of the problem altogether, we have written a complete guide on how to block inappropriate content, specifically porn, in your house and on your family’s mobile devices so your rules extend outside of your WiFi range. We encourage you to read the guide and let us know your thoughts on social media. Join our daily parenting conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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