It comes as no surprise that pornography is big business, but this compilation of porn stats is truly staggering. I don’t post about porn very often because it is one of those trigger subjects that cause people to send me very nasty mail, hack the website and worse, all of which gets old quite quickly. But it really is necessary to understand the massive size of this damaging industry and this information goes a long ways towards facilitating that. I’ve excerpted a few parts of this lengthy piece here, the full article is well worth the read and as the author notes, the numbers come from a wide variety of credible sources:
- Every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography. Every second 28,258 internet users are viewing pornography. In that same second 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines. Every 39 minutes a new pornographic video is being created in the U.S.
- It’s big business. The pornography industry has larger revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. 2006 Worldwide Pornography Revenues ballooned to $97.06 billion. 2006 & 2005 U.S. Pornography Industry Revenue Statistics, 2006 Top Adult Search Requests, 2006 Search Engine Request Trends are some of the other statistics revealed here.
- The amount of pornography on the internet can be difficult to fathom. A total of 4.2 million websites contain pornography. That is 12 percent of the total number of websites. There are 100,000 websites that offer pornography and 1 in 7 youths report being solicited for sex on the internet.
- The average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography is 11. A total of 90 percent of children ages 8-16 have viewed pornography online. Pornographers use many character names that appeal to children such as “Pokemon.”