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Luke Gilkerson / 23 FEB 2015 – Research on pornography comes out every year, and 2014 was no exception.

Overall, the trends were predictable: more people are watching porn, and more porn is available now than ever before. Still, when you drill into the details, we found some disturbing trends. Get all the sources for our statistics in our full report.

1. Christians watch a lot of porn.
According to a survey among Christians conducted by the Barna Group in the U.S. in 2014, Christians using porn is still a widespread problem:

  • 64% of self-identified Christian men and 15% of self-identified Christian women view pornography at least once a month
  • 37% of Christian men and 7% of Christian women view pornography at least several times a week
  • 39% of Christian men and 13% of Christian women say they believe their use of pornography is “excessive”
  • 21% of Christian men and 2% of Christian women say they think they might be “addicted” to pornography or aren’t sure if they are

2. Porn use is on the rise among young men.
According to the same Barna survey above, the following percentages of men say they view pornography at least several times a week:

  • 50-68 year-olds: 25%
  • 31-49 year-olds: 38%
  • 18-30 year-olds: 63%

3. Porn use is on the rise among young women.
According to the same survey, pornography use among women is also on the increase. The following percentages of women say they view pornography at least several times a week:

  • 50-68-year-olds: 0%
  • 31-49-year-olds: 5%
  • 18-30-year-olds: 21%

Moreover, 25% of married women say they watch porn at least once a month, compared to 16% of unmarried women.

The world’s largest porn website (no, I won’t tell you what it’s called) also reported that, globally, 23% of online porn’s viewers are female.

4. Porn use correlates to brain shrinkage.M/b>
In a study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, researchers found the more hours of porn someone consumes, there’s a smaller volume of grey matter in their brain, and less connectivity between their striatum and the prefrontal cortex—similar to what is observed in drug addicts. Researchers said that it seems pornography actually dulls the reward system of the brain.

5. Brains of porn users are like the brains of alcoholics. In a couple papers published last year, Cambridge neuroscientists compared the brains of those with compulsive sexual behaviors to the brains of otherwise healthy subjects using MRI scans. Key areas of the brain that are involved in anticipating rewards and processing the significance of events and emotions “lit up” when looking at porn—the same way as an alcoholic’s brain does on seeing a drink advertisement.

6. Mobile porn has surpassed desktop.
According to the world’s largest porn website (again, no, I’m not telling you what it is), when you compare desktop, phone, and tablet access, tablet-accessed porn grew to 11% of the traffic and
phone-accessed porn grew to 45% of the traffic. This means 2014 was the year when mobile access to porn surpassed desktop.

According to Juniper Research, by 2017, a quarter of a billion people are expected to be accessing mobile adult content from their phones or tablets, an increase of more than 30% from 2013. Mobile adult video chat alone will have a compound annual growth rate of 25%.

7. Game system access to porn is growing.
Last year, according to the same porn website, access to porn increased on every major game console except Playstation.

There was a 11.8% increase in traffic to porn from Nintendo 3DS,

a 57.3% increase from PS Vita,

a 69.6% increase from Nintendo Wii,

and a 70.5% increase from Xbox.
8. Porn use at work is still high.
According to the Barna survey last year…

63% of adult men have looked at pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months.

38% of adult men have done so more than once.

36% of adult women have looked at pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months.

13% of adult women have done so more than once.
9. Incest is gaining traction.
On the world’s largest porn site, the search terms “step sister” and “step mom” each saw a 132% and 94% popularity increase, respectively, from the year before.

“Step mom” is now the 4th most popular porn search term worldwide.

10. Teen-themed porn is #1.
Around the globe, “teen” was the most searched for term in both 2013 and 2014. This has been a major trend in sexual media for decades: the pornifying of youth.

If you want to read 250+ more statistics about pornography, download our complete 2015 Annual Report.

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