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

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By Leonardo Blair , CP Reporter
August 27, 2014|4:14 pm
Porn Viewer (Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter)

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.

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 Viewing18-3031-4950-68over 68
several times a day9%10%2%0%
at least once daily20%11%6%0%
several times a week34%17%17%4%
several times a month12%21%13%13%
at least once a month4%8%11%11%
a few times a year3%10%16%16%
less often12%20%24%54%
never7%3%2%3%

 

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

Pornography ViewingChristianNon-Christian
several times a day7%3%
at least once daily12%10%
several times a week18%29%
several times a month15%14%
at least once a month12%9%
a few times a year9%17%
less often25%12%
never3%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 Viewing18-3031-4950-68
several times a day3%1%0%
at least once daily4%0%0%
several times a week14%4%0%
several times a month13%4%0%
at least once a month8%7%4%
a few times a year23%16%17%
less often27%25%69%
never7%13%9%

 

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

Pornography ViewingChristianNon-Christian
several times a day1%2%
at least once daily1%3%
several times a week5%6%
several times a month3%11%
at least once a month5%8%
a few times a year18%15%
less often54%49%
never13%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."

Contact: leonardo.blair@christianpost.com; follow me on Twitter @leoblair
 

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