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9 DAYS WITHOUT WATCHING PORN….. AND COUNTING

January 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Social Commentary

A friend recently told me that they had made it now 9 days in a row without watching porn.

Where does one even get the time to watch porn I thought. It’s not like the old days of magazines when you were a teenager or then seeing it on cable TV. In Manhattan we had Channel J and Al Goldstein’s Midnight Blue and Interludes After Midnight. Channel J became Channel 35. VHS, then DVD and then….. the Internet.

Pornography makes up the single largest segment of internet traffic. I think it’s about 40 percent. And increasingly it’s no longer the big name stars (the top 50 include Ashley Madison, Brianna Banks and about a dozen girls named Jenna, Jenna Jameson, Jenna Haze), but the amateurs. MILF is now a household world.

I have a friend whom I discussed the subject with a little while back who was adamant about the fact that porn keeps men from cheating on their wives or acting on violent or suicidal tendencies.

The thing this person noticed was that, I suppose like all addictions, as day after day went by the desire to watch porn faded evermore slightly. A hectic life and kids, chores and responsibilities leaves little time. By the time he stopped watching porn (we’ll say it’s a guy but don’t assume), he could only watch it in his bathroom on his mobile device. Not really a pleasurable experience I would imagine.

Still it is a remarkable feat. He told me that he started looking at women less. Objectifying them less. Fantasizing about them less and of course, lusting after them less. It’s gotten to the point where he could be on a subway car full of young and old women, pretty or not and not think about sex. The average man thinks about sex 2000 times a day it is said. Not so I would argue.

Here are some statistics on porn.:
$57.0 billion revenue world-wide
$12.0 billion of this is US revenue, more than all combined revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises or the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC (6.2 billion). $2.5 of the $12 billion is related to internet porn.

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25% of total search engine requests are porn-related. (Top three searches: sex, mp3 and hotmail.
8% of total emails are porn-related. Average daily pornographic emails are 4.5 per internet user.
12% of total websites are pornographic.

61 percent of Americans thought adultery should not be a crime in the United states; 35 percent thought it should; 4 percent had no opinion.
17 percent of divorces in the United States are caused by infidelity.
Source: Associated Press

One in 10 respondents said they are addicted to sex and the Internet, according to an online survey of 38,000 Internet users.
MSNBC.com and Dr. Alvin Cooper

On average, men who are single men watch porn about 3 times a week for an average of about 40 minutes, while men who are in relationships watch porn about 1.7 times a week for about 20 minutes. Men who are married and have kids and a job even less. Men who are married, have kids, a job and some form of creative pursuit even less. Men who are married, have kids, a job, some form of creative pursuit…. a love god…. hope.

I think this person probably has it down to a few dozen.

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