Nearly Two-Thirds of Christian Men View Porn Monthly; They Are Watching It at Same Rate as Secular Men, Says Study

Nearly two-thirds of American men watch pornography monthly and Christian men are paying nearly equal attention to the lustful practice, according to a study conducted by the Barna Group for Proven Men.

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The study, which also highlighted the porn viewing habits of women, said Christian men were also watching pornography at work at the same rate as secular men. It further pointed out that 33 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 30 are either addicted to pornography or unsure if they are. Overall, 18 percent of American men, approximately 21 million, think they are either addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to porn.

Table 1.1 Frequency of pornography viewing by men

Pornography Viewing 18-30 31-49 50-68 over 68
several times a day 9% 10% 2% 0%
at least once daily 20% 11% 6% 0%
several times a week 34% 17% 17% 4%
several times a month 12% 21% 13% 13%
at least once a month 4% 8% 11% 11%
a few times a year 3% 10% 16% 16%
less often 12% 20% 24% 54%
never 7% 3% 2% 3%

 

Table 1.2 Frequency of pornography viewing by self-identified Christian men

Pornography Viewing Christian Non-Christian
several times a day 7% 3%
at least once daily 12% 10%
several times a week 18% 29%
several times a month 15% 14%
at least once a month 12% 9%
a few times a year 9% 17%
less often 25% 12%
never 3% 6%

 

According to the study, only two in 10 women watch pornography at least monthly, and Christian women watch porn at half that rate.

Broken down by age group, however, women between the ages of 31 and 49 were revealed to be the most active pornography viewers with 42 percent, or four out of 10, engaging in the lustful habit at least monthly. About 20 percent of women, who are older and younger than that age group, watch pornography monthly.

Table 1.7 Frequency of Pornography Viewing by Women

Pornography Viewing 18-30 31-49 50-68
several times a day 3% 1% 0%
at least once daily 4% 0% 0%
several times a week 14% 4% 0%
several times a month 13% 4% 0%
at least once a month 8% 7% 4%
a few times a year 23% 16% 17%
less often 27% 25% 69%
never 7% 13% 9%

 

Table 1.8 Frequency of pornography viewing by self-identified Christian women

Pornography Viewing Christian Non-Christian
several times a day 1% 2%
at least once daily 1% 3%
several times a week 5% 6%
several times a month 3% 11%
at least once a month 5% 8%
a few times a year 18% 15%
less often 54% 49%
never 13% 6%

 

Proven Men is a Maryland-based nonprofit ministry focused on helping men who struggle with pornography and related issues, according to their Facebook page.

"We have discovered that 'programs' or 'self-help' efforts do not bring about lasting results. In other words, simply using an Internet block will not remove internal struggles to look at pornography. That is because the roots which feed and keep sexual impurity alive remain untreated. However, the more a person puts into place what we refer to as the six aspects of a PROVEN life, the less they feel the tug toward the false intimacy offered by pornography and fantasy," explains the organization.

The nonprofit offers pornography addicts an intensive 12 week Bible-based study called, "Striving for Absolute Purity." The program shows individuals "how to implement each aspect of the six PROVEN letters into their daily life, which is the pathway to lasting freedom."

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