Statistics on Pornography

  • German researchers recently found an association between the number of hours of pornography someone uses each week and less grey matter in their brains. Grey matter is the darker tissue of the brain and spinal cord, consisting mainly of nerve cell bodies and branching dendrites. It is associated with decision making and intelligence.
  • In a 2012 survey of 1,500 guys, 56% of them said their tastes in porn had become “increasingly extreme or deviant” the more porn they watched. This happens because as consistent porn users’ brains quickly become accustomed to the porn they’ve already seen they have to constantly be moving on to more extreme forms of pornography to get aroused by it. As a result, many porn users find themselves getting aroused by things that used to unsettle them or that go against what they personally think is morally right.
  • Among the effects of the use of pornography are an increased negative attitude toward women, decreased empathy for victims of sexual violence… and an increase in dominating and sexually imposing behavior.
  • A meta-analysis of 33 studies found that exposure to either nonviolent or violent porn increased behavioral aggression, including both violent fantasies and actual violent assaults.
  • The Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children both recognize that pornography is an element that adds to the serious problem of sex trafficking.

Information courtesy of Fight the New Drug

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