Pornography is a real problem.
Few people have positive experiences with pornography. We have learned to spin unacceptable behavior into acceptable practices. Especially when money is the main aim.
Pornography is an 11 billion dollar industry.
The income of the porn industry exceeds the NFL, MLB, and CBS News combined.
We are major consumers of pornographic material. It is alarming how pornography is changing the landscape of the American family. It is not positive.
47% of families in the United States reported that pornography is a problem in their homes.
Children as young as 11 years old are being exposed to porn. Would you like your 11-year-old daughter exposed to pornography? I don’t think so.
94% of all children experience pornography before the age of 14. Some say this is healthy.
How are kids finding pornography?
There is no mystery. When we hand a phone to a child, we provide them with a vending machine to access pornography free of charge.
The Internet has 37 million porn sites. Porn seekers download 30,000 images per second. We use apps to track kids in their cars and do not track where they travel on the Internet.
Do we really want to know what our kids are doing?
The statistics tell the story
- 33% of girls under 25 searches for porn weekly
- 46% of girls under 25 send explicit photos to friends or the opposite sex
- 39% of parents never discuss porn with their children
- 33% of Christian women use pornography
- 56% of divorces report porn as a factor
Exposure to pornography during teen years is devastating. There are few exceptions.
Young people develop their sexual and moral beliefs during their teen years. Early exposure to porn alters the natural development. A study of 2,343 adolescents found that sexually explicit Internet material significantly increased their uncertainties about sexuality.
A study by Todd G. Morrison, professor of psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, and colleagues found that adolescents exposed to high levels of pornography had lower levels of sexual self-esteem.
- Porn Kills
Pornography is a thief. Porn steals life, dreams, intimacy with God, marriages and destroys families.
Research by Marripedia reported:
Exposure to pornographic sexual content can be a significant factor in teenage pregnancy. A three-year longitudinal study of teenagers found that frequent exposure to televised sexual content was related to a substantially greater likelihood of teenage pregnancy within the succeeding three years. This same study also found that the likelihood of teenage pregnancy was two times greater when the quantity of that sexual content exposure, within the viewing episodes, was high rather than low.
Pornography also affects the mental health development of teens. Loneliness and depression were predominant in teens who regularly watch porn. Shame was another side effect of teens that frequented pornography.
Porn is highly addictive. Frequent teenage porn users suffer brain changes similar to the neurological alterations of those addicted to cocaine, alcohol, and methamphetamines. The research is irrefutable.
- Porn is Lust
Lust is defined as; to desire or to crave. Lust is root and porn is the fruit. There are many types of lust. But sexual lust has a more severe consequence. The consequences of sexual lust include loss of trust, shame, and relationship struggle’s within the marriage.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world (I John 2:16).
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust (Proverbs 11:6).
Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts (Romans 6:13).
Watching porn makes men lose interest in their partners, came the warnings after a study by Douglas Kenrick in 1989. The study was “hugely influential” in psychology, according to Rhonda Balzarini, a PhD student at the University of Western Ontario.
What woman can compete with images of other beautiful women? And especially women that are photo-shopped and filtered to be more glamorous than ever.
Does the mother of your children need to be compared to a porn star or an Internet image? A woman needs to know she has the eye of her husband. A major part of a woman’s confidence is that her husband seeks and desires intimacy from her only.
Can you imagine the purity that comes from a man who receives his complete sexual stimulation from only one woman? — his wife. Yes, that’s possible.
Allowing pornography to be a part of your married life will only encourage the demise of your marriage.
The demise of the family has never improved the quality of life
The breakdown of the family is the #1 cause of the decline of every great nation. And pornography feeds this scenario.
A 2016 Science Magazine study revealed divorce rates double when people watch porn.
A groundbreaking article in Time adds:
“Previous studies have found that porn has an accelerating effect on a deteriorating marriage: husbands in poor relationships consume more sexually explicit material and consuming more sexually explicit material also leads to poorer relationships.”
If your marriage is struggling, viewing pornography will increase the chances that your marriage will fail.
Secularists call pornography a modern day human crisis.
The crisis is real.
- Porn is sin
Let’s call porn exactly what it is. Porn is idolatry. It is the worship of bodies and beauty.
- Admit you have a problem
- Confess to someone (spouse, friend, pastor)
- Seek counsel from a mentor, advisor, or counselor
- Place a filter on your phone and computer
- Join a community support group
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This article first appeared on Medium.com