By Peter Daley
It may come as a big surprise but all the statistics are telling one thing, most of you are looking at porn. 70% of men and 30% of women visit porno sites regularly. To be quite honest, I was very surprised that such a large number of women looked at porn. I am not being the moralist here, I am just pointing out the facts. Religious people are not exempt. Pointing out that the devil is going to get you if you look at this stuff doesn't seem to help, as 70% of religious people are struggling with it. A quarter of all searches on the Internet are for pornography and 12% of all web sites are pornographic.
This situation is unprecedented in human history, where technology has made pornography so wide spread and readily available. It has also created a large number or porno addicts. This is serious stuff, with 10% of adults in surveys admitting they are Internet porn addicts! These people can get so addicted to this, so much so that their lives are consumed by it. It can create serious problems in families and relationships. Teenage men can get a very distorted view of what women want in a relationship, because of the pornography sites. A family with a porno addicted member can suffer as much as having an addicted drug or alcohol member. If the 10% of adults admitting they are porn addicts is correct, it means we have a very serious social problem.
I think it is time to say this is a really huge problem, and we need to do some very smart things to get people to look at themselves, and change their habits. OK, it may be a great story to point out that a couple guys got thrown out of the local library for viewing porn on the library computers. It does not bring across how huge a problem this is. There are large numbers of families and people who are struggling with it This is one of those subjects that people just don't talk about.
Large numbers of young men are addicted to it. 90% of 8 to 16 year olds look at porn. Obviously it is so readily available that you can't stop them accessing it. Even if you put restrictions on your computer, all they need to do is visit friends or neighbours, and use their computer or mobile. I have heard stories about this, it is a big issue and getting worse.
Pornography is big business there are lots of people making lots of money out of it. They are a powerful industry who lobby governments. They're not interested in your well being. They are relying on very simple human biological programming, to exploit your behaviour.
This addiction affects national productivity, with large numbers of people viewing pornography while at work. Most porn views happen during 9 to 5 pm. The statistics suggest this is a huge social problem that is going to need a collective effort to deal with it. Here are some suggestions.
a. It pointless trying to ban it. Whenever some thing like this is banned, all that happens is it goes underground. It is impossible to ban anyway, because of the way the Internet works.
b. I think one important thing we need to do, is to get the young early, and educated them in what is considered good behaviour in a relationship. Educate them, show them how badly some of these women are treated, and how porn is a distorted expression of what women really want. It is important to convey just how pornography can affect them personally, and those who work in the industry.
c. Have adult education and treatment systems set up on a local, state and national level.
d. This has to be a collective effort.
No one in their right mind would want to work in this industry. Think about that! They must be very badly hurt emotionally, or being grossly exploited. Large numbers of women in the sex industry are drug addicted/enslaved, or grossly exploited, and by looking at this stuff you are supporting this abuse.
© Peter Daley 2009
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