Internet porn – The impact on society & the infiltration of churches

The modern cross to carry.

Pornography used to be consumed from magazines and purchased videos by young adults and a small proportion of the grown-up society. Today it makes up a very small piece of the pornography market.

Our connected era of high speed internet available in everything from cars to cellphones have rendered magazines and rented/purchased movies obsolete.

The first profound change in people’s porn consumption came as a result of the possibility to download movies for free to watch at any given moment.

The second and much more earthshaking effect came as a natural result of the possibility to stream content directly from the internet in any connected devices such as computers, tablets and cellphones.

Consuming porn which used to require the purchase of a magazine or movie from an actual person at the store to consume later at home, was now one click away for free for everyone at any given moment.

71% of adults, 85% of teens and young adults who have viewed pornography consumed online streamed videos.

Like any “young” or new public issue its effects and consequences have been widely unknown, overlooked and downplayed during early times in lack of studies, science, reports, surveys and experiments.

Today we stand wiser and backed up by the results of the numerous studies performed.

No longer can the issue overlooked or downplayed.

The topic negative effects of pornography consumption have reached the absolute top level of society.

No less than 16 American states have declared porn a public health crisis due to Pornography’s negative effects on mental health.

The following states are carving the path for the rest of modern society to take necessary actions for the greater good of the public’s mental health:

  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia

An example of the negative effects of pornography consumption is how frequent porn consumption can lead to depression & suicide

Another example is How porn use can affect focus and memory for adolescents & grown ups

Frequent porn consumption will also lead to objectification and dehumanization of others

Frequent porn use affects how we pursue and uphold our core values and integrity. It also has an effect on how the next generation is treated by the grown-up society and how they treat each other.

A clear majority (62%) of teens and young adults have received a sexually explicit image and 41% have sent one (usually from/to their boy/girlfriend or friend).

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Accessibility

  • Nearly half of young adults say they come across porn at least once a week even when they aren’t seeking it out.
  • Nearly three-quarters of young adults (71%) and half of teens (50%) come across what they consider to be porn at least once a month, whether they are seeking it or not.

Those statistics are in no way comparable to the previous risk of stumbling upon someone’s magazines or movies.

Even though pornographic material is recommended to people above 18 years of age, there is no longer any type of controlling or upholding measures at all.

Before internet porn you had an actual person in the store with the right and obligation to check ID on consumers of porn, just like they still do on consumers of alcohol and tobacco.

When pornography moved into everyone’s internet connected devices that only layer of control or regulation completely went away without being replaced.

The infiltration of ministries of faith & hope

  • The majority of American pastor’s report to struggle with porn currently or in the past (57%).
  • A vast majority of faith leaders who struggle with porn say this has Profoundly affected their ministry in negative ways. Although not clear why, youth pastors are twice as likely as pastors to report this kind of unfavorable impact.
  • 87% of pastors who consume porn experience tremendous shame.
  • 55% of pastors who consume porn report that they live in a constant fear of being discovered.
  • A vast majority of the faith community, including leaders and laity, believe pornography is a bigger problem in the Church than it was two decades ago. But many do not know what to do about it.
  • 93% of pastors and 94% of youth pastors say it is a much bigger or somewhat bigger problem than it was in the past.
  • People in all ages and life stages are seeking guidance from their pastors in their struggles with pornography.

Although aware of the problems and struggles their faith leaders and fellow Christians experience with pornography, most churches do not have programs, plans or measures to take to specifically address the issues with pornography.

Research also reveal that:

  • 62% of teenagers (ages 13-17) have received a sexual image via their cell phones.
  • 72% of Christian young adults (ages 18-24) actively seek out pornography on the internet.
  • 3 out of 5 divorces cite the use of porn as a major factor.

The above-mentioned numbers are constantly rising.

Churches and ministries are for many the natural place to seek guidance, faith, hope, forgiveness and understanding.

Therefore, it is important that the leaders of faith get the tools to address these issues of their fellow Christians or establish a bridge between professional help and the ministry.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

The time for action and resourcefulness is now.

Some churches host their own support groups for people who struggle to quit porn, and some know where to direct their members for help.

Churches also offer economic aid for those who request it in order to fund professional help to overcome the struggle against pornography or sex addiction.

Determination, hope and faith is the way forward!

Undisputed PRN Recovery and Twin Rivers Rehab offer unique recovery options that ensures long term sustained results for people that want to end their addiction to porn.

Whether you are a busy person that need to work your recovery from home by video sessions or are in need of residential treatment followed by aftercare we provide the solution for you to quit porn for good.

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Sources:

https://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-pornography-public-health-crisis-states.html

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