5 Crazy Truths About Porn

I’m online a lot. My job revolves around being aware of the things that are being said about the porn industry, both good and bad, so I spend a good chunk of my time seeking out information, checking sources, and trying to verify subjective claims. In our industry, regardless of any scientific evidence one way or the other, the other side always seems to fall back on a subjective argument. Whatever else that can be said about porn, it tends to be a subject that evokes strong feelings. Sometimes, however, the statistics can be just as emotionally charged as one’s personal stance about porn, but unlike opinion, they’re hard to discount.

  1. 20% of men and 13% of women have admitted to watching porn at work. This one always gets me. I see this stat all over the place and it’s so I get that not everyone understands professionalism, but while I can understand needing to learn that say, there’s an appropriate way to speak to your boss, but it feels like ‘don’t watch porn at work’ should be kind of a given.
  2. Porn revenue is more than the combined revenue of ABC, CBS, and NBC. So, you know what’s odd? My social media timelines are always full of people talking about Dancing With the Stars, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, all 4,000 segmentations of NCIS, and This Is Us (seriously, I heard about that big upset for literal weeks), but nobody is ever like “Oh yeah, I watched a great porno today,” or “I’m so emotionally invested in this porn, no spoilers!” If porn is so popular and there’s nothing wrong with it, why doesn’t anyone talk about it?
  3. 12% of sites are pornographic. This 2011 claim amounted to over 26 million total porn sites. This number is staggering, but as of a January 2018 survey, there were over 1.8 billion websites online. Assuming that 12% still holds true (and it might, considering that current research and statistics suggests the percentage is somewhere between 5-15%, and some still maintain the same 12%) that amounts to over 200,000,000 pornographic websites.
  4. Child pornography generates about 3 billion annually. Child pornography isn’t even legal, and it’s still prevalent enough to generate billions of dollars.
  5. Every second $3000 is spent on online porn. Another way to say this, of course, is that the online porn industry makes $3000 a second. For perspective, Jeff Bezos earns an estimated $3182 a second. Porn generates more than Jeff Bezos, who is not only the wealthiest man in the world but the wealthiest man in modern history. To be fair, I’m not really sure which side of this coin is worse: that it’s been proven that while porn is such a powerhouse that it makes more money than even the studios that produce the most popular sitcoms of today that there’s only one thing to seems to out earn it, or that one man has so much wealth that he’s the only source that seems to be generating more money than porn.

When dealing with an emotional topic such as pornography, sometimes it’s best to step back and look at the facts. Although likely to sway opinion one way or the other depending on who is reading them, the facts themselves can’t always say whether porn is good or bad, but one thing is for sure: it is everywhere.

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