Pornography Use and Addiction - 33% of men 18-30 "addicted" or "unsure" (2014)

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PollResults are from a nationwide study. 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. 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.

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

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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%

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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)