Porn Use At Work

Pornography Viewership at Work Survey

Question: How many times have you looked at pornography while at work in the past 3 months?

Results by Men

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adult men (63%) admit to having looked at pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months.

Broken down by age, three-fourths of men (75%) between 31 and 50 admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months. One in five men in this age group admits looking at porn more than ten times in the past 90 days. Seven in ten (73%) of men between 50 and 58 and one half (51%) of men 18 to 30 looked at porn at work in the past 3 months.

The number of Christian men viewing pornography at work virtually mirrors the national average. Approximately two-thirds of Christian men (64%) admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months, compared to 61% of non-Christian men.

With respect to marital status, more married men viewed pornography at work that single men. Three-fourths of married men (77%) admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months. Over half of single men (56%) admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months.

With respect to income, men with higher incomes looked at pornography at work more than those with lower incomes. Over three-fourths (78%) of men with incomes over $75,000 admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months. Even men with lower levels of income, however, had more than one-half of men (55%) admitting to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months.

Similar to income, there was a correlation to viewing pornography at work and level of education of men. Seven out of ten men with some college or a college degree admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months. Approximately two in ten college educated men admit to viewing pornography more than 10 times while at work in the past 3 months.

Results by Women

Although women view less pornography at work than men, there still are a sizable amount of women viewing pornography at work.

More than one-third of U.S. women (36%) admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months.

Broken down by age nearly one-half of women (46%) between 31 and 50 admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months. One-third of women 18 to 30 and one-quarter of women over 50 looked at porn at work in the past 3 months.

The number of Christian women viewing pornography at work virtually mirrors the national average. More than one-third of women (36%) admit to viewing pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months.

Table 1.1 Pornography Viewing at Work by Men

View Porn at Work  
none 36%
once 26%
2-10 times 24%
more than 10 14%

Table 1.2 Pornography Viewing at Work by Age of Men

View Porn at Work 18-30 31-49 50-68
none 48% 26% 32%
once 11% 29% 43%
2-10 times 26% 25% 18%
more than 10 14% 20% 7%

Table 1.3 Pornography Viewing at Work by Self-Identified Christian Men

View Porn at Work Christian Non-Christian
none 35% 39%
once 29% 17%
2-10 times 23% 28%
more than 10 13% 16%

Table 1.4 Pornography Viewing at Work by Marital Status of Men

View Porn at Work Married Single
none 23% 44%
once 33% 22%
2-10 times 25% 23%
more than 10 19% 11%

Table 1.5 Pornography Viewing at Work by Household Income of Men

View Porn at Work Less than $50k $50-$75k Over $75k
none 44% 28% 23%
once 24% 35% 25%
2-10 times 22% 22% 28%
more than 10 9% 15% 24%

Table 1.6 Pornography Viewing at Work by Education of Men

View Porn at Work H.S or Less Some College College Grad
none 45% 30% 29%
once 28% 27% 21%
2-10 times 20% 23% 31%
more than 10 7% 20% 19%

Table 1.7 Pornography Viewing at Work by Women

View Porn at Work  
none 64%
once 23%
2-10 times 9%
more than 10 4%

Table 1.8 Pornography Viewing at Work by Age of Women

View Porn at Work 18-30 31-50 Over 50
none 63% 53% 74%
once 16% 30% 23%
2-10 times 15% 12% 3%
more than 10 6% 5% 0%

Table 1.9 Pornography Viewing at Work by Self-Identified Christian Women

View Porn at Work Christian Non-Christian
none 64% 65%
once 25% 18%
2-10 times 9% 10%
more than 10 2% 7%

Table 1.10 Pornography Viewing at Work by Marital Status of Women

View Porn at Work Married Single
none 66% 63%
once 16% 28%
2-10 times 13% 7%
more than 10 5% 2%

Table 1.11 Pornography Viewing at Work by Education of Women

View Porn at Work H.S or Less Some College College Grad
none 68% 58% 64%
once 26% 25% 16%
2-10 times 6% 10% 14%
more than 10 0% 7% 6%

About the Survey

Proven Men Ministries, Ltd. undertook to conduct a nationwide survey to obtain current data pertaining to the scope of pornography use, including viewing pornography at work. Although Proven Men developed the specific target questions for pornography and sexual behaviors, to ensure accuracy of the results, it hired the Barna Group to conduct the survey and select an appropriate cross section of the population. In 2014, the Barna Group conducted the survey on behalf of Proven Men by contacting 1,000 adults in the U.S. from all walks of life.  The Barna Group developed an appropriate cross section of the population based upon gender, age, race, geography and other demographics to permit drawing appropriate conclusions. 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 the questions pertaining to pornography use and sexual behaviors. The Barna Group established that the sampling error for the entire survey is ±3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. However, with respect to this particular survey question, 475 people chose not to answer how many times they looked at pornography while at work during the past 3 months. However, 525 people responded to this survey question. The Barna Group confirmed confidence in the results from these particular questions and the sampling error for these two questions is ±5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

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

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