Pornography Use and Addiction

Pornography Use and Addiction

Proven Men Ministries undertook to conduct a nationwide study to obtain current and expansive data pertaining to the scope of pornography use and the impact it has on a person’s life, work, marriage, and sexual behaviors.

This part of the survey included questions to capture pornography use or addiction from three different perspectives. First, the participants were asked to identify their frequency of viewing pornography. Second, they were asked if they thought they viewed pornography too much. Third, they were asked if they felt that they were addicted to pornography. 

Highlights:

  • Approximately two-thirds (64%) of U.S. men view pornography at least monthly
  • The number of Christian men viewing pornography virtually mirrors the national average
  • Broken down by age:
  • Eight in ten (79%) men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography monthly
  • Two-thirds (67%) of men between the ages of 31 and 49 view pornography monthly
  • One-half (49%) of men between the ages of 50 and 68 view pornography monthly
  • Christian men are watching pornography at work at the same rate as the national average
  • One-third (33%) of men between the ages of 18 and 30 either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography
  • Combined, 18% of all men either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography, which equates to 21 million men

The full results for men and women are listed below.

Index:

1. Frequency of Pornography Viewing

2. Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive  

3. Addiction to Pornography

About the Survey

Copyright and Use

 

1. Frequency of Pornography Viewing

Frequency of Pornography Viewing by Men

Question: How often do you look at either a pornographic image or video?

Findings

Approximately two-thirds (64%) of U.S. men view pornography at least monthly.  The number of Christian men viewing pornography virtually mirrors the national average.

Broken down by age, eight out of ten (79%) men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly, and two-thirds (67%) of men between the ages of 31 and 49 view pornography at least monthly. One-half of men between 50 and 68 looks at porn monthly.

There are also a lot of men looking at pornography on a daily basis. Three out of ten men (29%) between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography daily.

Viewing pornography is not limited to single men. Over one-half (55%) of married men view pornography monthly, compared to seven out of ten single men.

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%

 

Table 1.3 Frequency of Pornography Viewing by Marital Status of Men

Pornography Viewing Married Not Married
several times a day 5% 7%
at least once daily 6% 15%
several times a week 16% 24%
several times a month 13% 16%
at least once a month 15% 8%
a few times a year 17% 6%
less often 25% 21%
never 3% 4%

 

Table 1.4 Pornography Viewing by Household Income of Men

Pornography Viewing Less than $50k $50-$75k Over $75k
several times a day 8% 2% 5%
at least once daily 13% 9% 7%
several times a week 20% 23% 20%
several times a month 13% 16% 19%
at least once a month 10% 7% 18%
a few times a year 7% 23% 11%
less often 26% 17% 14%
never 3% 4% 7%

 

Table 1.5 Pornography Viewing by Education of Men

Pornography Viewing H.S or Less Some College College Grad
several times a day 8% 4% 6%
at least once daily 13% 11% 8%
several times a week 20% 21% 22%
several times a month 11% 19% 19%
at least once a month 13% 9% 10%
a few times a year 9% 13% 12%
less often 25% 20% 18%
never 3% 4% 6%

 

Table 1.6 Pornography Viewing by Ethnicity of Men

Pornography Viewing White Black Hispanic
several times a day 4% 8% 16%
at least once daily 9% 26% 13%
several times a week 21% 17% 24%
several times a month 15% 13% 16%
at least once a month 12% 6% 9%
a few times a year 11% 9% 8%
less often 26% 18% 10%
never 3% 4% 4%

 

Frequency of Pornography Viewing by Women

Question: How often do you look at either a pornographic image or video?

Findings

Broken down by age, one in three  (34%) women between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly; one in eight  (%) of women between the ages of 31 and 49 view pornography at least monthly; and one in ten (10%) of women between 50 and 68 looks at porn monthly.  The number of Christian women viewing pornography is about one-half of the national average. (This data was updated on January 8, 2015.)

 

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 3% 2% 0%
several times a week 13% 5% 0%
several times a month 9% 3% 0%
at least once a month 6% 5% 5%
a few times a year 28% 19% 15%
less often 27% 51% 71%
never 11% 14% 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%

 

Table 1.9 Frequency of Pornography Viewing by Marital Status of Women

Pornography Viewing Married Not Married
several times a day 2% 1%
at least once daily 3% 1%
several times a week 7% 4%
several times a month 7% 4%
at least once a month 6% 6%
a few times a year 12% 21%
less often 58% 49%
never 6% 15%

 

Table 1.10 Pornography Viewing at Work by Household Income of Women

Pornography Viewing Less than $50k $50-75k Over $75k
several times a day 0% 0% 5%
at least once daily 1% 3% 5%
several times a week 5% 3% 7%
several times a month 6% 8% 1%
at least once a month 6% 5% 6%
a few times a year 17% 17% 16%
less often 50% 59% 56%
never 15% 5% 5%

 

Table 1.11 Pornography Viewing by Education of Women

Pornography Viewing H.S or Less Some College College Grad
several times a day 1% 0% 2%
at least once daily 1% 2% 3%
several times a week 5% 5% 5%
several times a month 8% 3% 3%
at least once a month 3% 9% 7%
a few times a year 20% 14% 16%
less often 50% 57% 53%
never 13% 10% 10%

 

Table 1.12 Pornography Viewing by Ethnicity of Women

Pornography Viewing White Black Hispanic
several times a day 1% 3% 0%
at least once daily 2% 0% 2%
several times a week 5% 3% 6%
several times a month 6% 1% 4%
at least once a month 4% 9% 9%
a few times a year 17% 14% 25%
less often 53% 63% 41%
never 12% 7% 13%

 

2. Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive

 

Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Men 

Question: Have you ever thought that perhaps you should view less pornography?

More than one-third (36%) of men have thought they should view less pornography.  An additional 8% of men are not sure whether they should view pornography less often. Therefore, more than four in ten (44%) men either believe they should watch less pornography or are unsure if they should view pornography less often. 

Broken down by age, nearly two-thirds (64%) adult men between 18 and 30 years old either believe they should watch less pornography or are unsure if they should view pornography less often. Nearly one-half (47%) of men age 31 to 49 either believe they should watch less pornography or are unsure if they should view pornography less often. 

Nearly one-half (46%) of self-identified Christian men either believe they should watch less pornography or are unsure if they should view pornography less often. 

With respect to marital status, nearly one-half (46%) of single men and nearly four out of ten (38%) married men either believe they should watch less pornography or are unsure if they should view pornography less often.

 

Table 2.1 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Men 

Should View Less Porn 18-30 31-49 50-68 69+
Yes 54% 40% 19% 11%
Not Sure 10% 7% 6% 13%
No 30% 50% 72% 74%
Never Viewed Porn 6% 3% 2% 3%

 

Table 2.2 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Self-Identified Christian Men

Should View Less Porn Christian Non-Christian
Yes 39% 19%
Not Sure 7% 11%
No 51% 64%
Never Viewed Porn 3% 6%

 

Table 2.3 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Marital Status of Men

Should View Less Porn Married Not Married
Yes 31% 37%
Not Sure 7% 9%
No 60% 50%
Never Viewed Porn 3% 4%

 

Table 2.4 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Household Income of Men

Should View Less Porn Less than $50k $50-$75k Over $75k
Yes 35% 26% 37%
Not Sure 9% 7% 6%
No 53% 62% 50%
Never Viewed Porn 3% 4% 7%

 

Table 2.5 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Education of Men

Should View Less Porn H.S or Less Some College College Grad
Yes 35% 29% 40%
Not Sure 7% 11% 6%
No 55% 57% 49%
Never Viewed Porn 3% 4% 6%

 

Table 2.6 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Ethnicity of Men

Should View Less Porn White Black Hispanic
Yes 30% 50% 46%
Not Sure 8% 0% 12%
No 59% 46% 39%
Never Viewed Porn 3% 4% 4%

 

Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Women 

Question: Have you ever thought that perhaps you should view less pornography?

One in five (19%) women have either thought they should view less pornography or are unsure. 

 

Table 2.7 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Women

Should View Less Porn

18-30

31-49 50-68
Yes 24% 14% 6%
Not Sure 1% 7% 10%
No 69% 66% 75%
Never Viewed Porn 7% 13% 9%

 

Table 2.8 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Self-Identified Christian Women

Should View Less Porn Christian Non-Christian
Yes 13% 12%
Not Sure 9% 2%
No 66% 81%
Never Viewed Porn 13% 6%

 

Table 2.9 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Marital Status of Women

Should View Less Porn Married Not Married
Yes 12% 13%
Not Sure 5% 7%
No 77% 64%
Never Viewed Porn 6% 15%

 

Table 2.10 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Household Income of Women

Should View Less Porn Less than $50k $50-$75k Over $75k
Yes 13% 10% 13%
Not Sure 7% 9% 3%
No 65% 76% 79%
Never Viewed Porn 15% 5% 5%

 

Table 2.11 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Education of Women

Should View Less Porn H.S or Less Some College College Grad
Yes 13% 13% 11%
Not Sure 10% 4% 4%
No 65% 73% 74%
Never Viewed Porn 12% 10% 10%

 

Table 2.12 Believe Use of Pornography is Excessive by Ethnicity of Women

Should View Less Porn White Black Hispanic
Yes 10% 23% 15%
Not Sure 4% 19% 9%
No 74% 51% 63%
Never Viewed Porn 12% 8% 13%

 

3. Addiction to Pornography

Addiction to Pornography by Men

Question: Based on your understanding of an “addiction,” have you ever thought you might have an addiction to pornography?

When asked if they think they might be addicted to pornography, 13% of all men answered yes and another 5% said they were not sure if they were addicted. Therefore, nearly two in ten (18%) men either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography. This equates to 21 million men.[1] 

Two in ten (21%) self-identified Christian men of all ages either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography, compared to one in ten non-Christian men. 

Broken down by age, one third of men between 18 and 30 years old either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography. By sharp contrast, only 5% of men between 50 and 68 think they are or might be addicted to pornography. 

With respect to marital status, 19% of single men and 17% of married men either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography.


[1] There are 119 million adult men in the U.S. (See U.S. Census http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html)

 

Table 3.1 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Men

Addicted to Porn 18-30 31-49 50-68 Over 68
Yes 23% 16% 4% 0%
Not Sure 10% 6% 1% 3%

 

Table 3.2 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Self-Identified Christian Men

Addicted to Porn Christian Non-Christian
Yes 15% 6%
Not Sure 6% 4%

 

Table 3.3 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Marital Status of Men

Addicted to Porn Married Not Married
Yes 14% 12%
Not Sure 3% 7%

 

Table 3.4 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Household Income of Men

Addicted to Porn Less than $50k $50-$75k Over $75k
Yes 13% 10% 15%
Not Sure 6% 5% 3%

 

Table 3.5 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Education of Men

Addicted to Porn H.S or Less Some College College Grad
Yes 13% 10% 14%
Not Sure 7% 3% 4%

 

Table 3.6 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Ethnicity of Men

Addicted to Porn White Black Hispanic
Yes 11% 12% 22%
Not Sure 4% 17% 2%

 

Addiction to Pornography by Women

Question: Based on your understanding of an “addiction,” have you ever thought you might have an addiction to pornography?

When asked if they think they might be addicted to pornography, 3% of all women answered that they either thought they might be addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography. This equates to 3 million women.[1] 

Only 2% of self-identified Christian women of all ages either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography, compared to 4% of non-Christian women. 

Broken down by age, 7% of women between 18 and 30 years old either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography, compared to 4% of women between 31 and 49 years old. 

Ethnicity was also a factor, 8% of Hispanic women either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography, compared to 5% of Black Women and 1% of White women.


[1] There are 119 million adult men in the U.S. and 123 million adult women in the U.S. (See U.S. Census http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html)

 

Table 3.7 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Women

Addicted to Porn 18-30 31-49 50-68
Yes 6% 3% 0%
Not Sure 1% 1% 0%

 

Table 3.8 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Self-Identified Christian Women

Addicted to Porn Christian Non-Christian
Yes 2% 3%
Not Sure 0% 1%

 

Table 3.9 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Marital Status of Women

Addicted to Porn Married Not Married
Yes 3% 2%
Not Sure 0% 1%

 

Table 3.10 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Household Income of Women

Addicted to Porn Less than $50k $50-$75k Over $75k
Yes 1% 5% 5%
Not Sure 0% 1% 1%

 

Table 3.11 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Education of Women

Addicted to Porn H.S or Less Some College College Grad
Yes 2% 2% 4%
Not Sure 0% 1% 1%

 

Table 3.12 Think You Might be Addicted to Pornography by Ethnicity of Women

Addicted to Porn White Black Hispanic
Yes 1% 5% 6%
Not Sure 0% 0% 2%

 

About the Survey

Proven Men Ministries, Ltd. developed a nationwide survey to obtain current data pertaining to the scope of pornography use and sexual behaviors. It hired the Barna Group to conduct the survey among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide. Respondents were told that the targeted questions would be about sexual behavior and pornography and were given a chance to opt out after answering background questions. Ninety-two percent of those beginning the survey agreed to participate in these targeted questions. The Barna Group established that the sampling error for the survey is ±3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Other 2014 pornography statistics and results from this survey are located at: http://www.ProvenMen.org/2014PornSurvey    

 

Copyright and Use of Data

Copyright © 2014 Proven Men Ministries, Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction and distribution is prohibited without both express permission and acknowledgment of authorship. You may not (without our express written consent) use any statements, findings, statistics or information for any commercial purposes. 

Fair use. The Media and non-commercial entities may cite to these statements, findings, statistics or information from this Survey provided you give credit by using the following citation: 

2014 ProvenMen.org Pornography Addiction Survey (conducted by Barna Group). The survey results are located at www.provenmen.org/2014pornsurvey/pornography-use-and-addiction.

 

 


[1] There are 119 million adult men in the U.S. (See U.S. Census http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html)

[2] There are 119 million adult men in the U.S. and 123 million adult women in the U.S. (See U.S. Census http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html)