Porn addiction is a poorly understood addiction.

Most people do not even realize that one can be addicted to porn; they think addiction is restricted to drugs and alcohol.

However, porn addiction is very real, and the easy availability of porn on the internet has made it a growing concern.

Here are some surprising statistics about porn – you will be surprised by how prevalent porn addiction is, and how severe it can be.

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1. Regular porn site traffic: over 40 million Americans regularly visit porn sites

You may have already realized that porn makes up for a lot of online traffic, but you will still be surprised to know that more than 40 million Americans visit porn sites almost every day.

This is a very remarkable figure, when you realize that if you were to take only Americans between the ages of 15-64 into account you would have around 200 million Americans.

A little bit of simple math and you realize that around 20 percent of all adults visit porn sited regularly.

The number goes much higher if you factor in all people who watch porn.

2. Search engine requests for pornography: a quarter of all the search engine queries are for porn

Search engines are usually how people look for porn.

At least 25% of all search engine queries on the internet are for porn.

Think about that.

Think of all the people who use the internet at office, think of all the things people buy on the internet, all the students using the internet, and yet a quarter of all the search queries are still for porn.

What is even more remarkable is that regular porn users tend to simply go to the porn site directly and search on it.

Those searches are not included in this statistic, meaning the total number of searches for porn is in reality much higher than a quarter.

3. Watching porn at work (males): 20 percent of males have watched porn while at work

We normally assume that people watch porn at home, in the comfort of their bed, but you will be surprised to know that 20% of all men have watched porn while at work.

This number is fueled by, no doubt, the prevalence of smartphones that can play videos.

Basically one in five men have watched porn at work – think about that the next time you look at the people working in your company.

4. Watching porn at work (females): 13 percent of females have watched porn while at work

It’s not just men watching porn at work, women are representing themselves strongly in this figure as well.

While not as much as men but women also have a surprisingly high rate of watching porn at work.

Around 13 percent of working women have watched porn at work.

This statistic is very surprising because the prevalent view in our society is that women aren’t interested in porn as much as men are.

There is an overall issue of female sexuality being downplayed or ignored in our society.

However, looking at this statistic it is clear that women have a big interest in porn.

5. Current viewership of porn: over 30,000 people are viewing porn right now

Here’s a statistic that will blow your mind: More than 30,000 people are watching porn right now, at this very minute.

So much porn is viewed at all times that no matter what time of day you pick you will be able to find thousands of people watching porn.

30,000 is a very conservative estimate, because even at the slowest of times for porn the number doesn’t go below 30,000.

If you were to track how many people are watching porn during the night it would be more than a million easily.

6. Porn addiction and sex worker solicitation: porn addiction is linked to increasing solicitation of sex workers

Porn addicts also often turn to sex workers to get what they want.

This may also be because of how many sex worker providers advertise on porn websites.

It isn’t just about sex – often porn addicts who are married will also get sex workers.

The main reason they approach sex workers is so they can have the type of sex which they see in porn.

They may not be able to get the rough or humiliation play they want in sex from their wives and girlfriends, and resort to sex workers to fulfill their porn fueled fantasies.

This is part of the larger problem caused by porn; porn has sex which looks good, not necessarily sex that feels good.

People are learning the wrong things from porn and it is resulting in their real life sexual experiences not being satisfying.

7. Porn addiction and adultery: porn addiction has a marked negative impact on adultery

Porn addicts are also known to be adulterous compared to non-addicts.

The main reason is that normal sex is not good enough for porn addicts.

Their addiction has led to them watching depraved porn acts and that is what works for them now.

Having consensual and romantic sex with their partners is no longer satisfying.

They want something taboo, something more exciting, and adultery is the perfect taboo for them.

It allows them to feel sexy and to feel like they are in a porn.

Many porn movies involve married men and women cheating, and it is clear that those stories are inspiring more people to become adulterers.

8. Porn addiction and divorce: porn addiction is responsible for a surprising number of divorces

Porn addiction has already led to a lot of divorces.

People who are addicted to porn are not able to maintain their relationships properly.

Their husbands or wives are also the ones most adversely affected by the porn addiction.

The addicts will no longer be physically intimate with their partners, will refuse to stop watching porn, and will be hard to deal with.

Many have kids and cannot control their porn habits even around children.

All this results in divorces.

9. Viewing porn during the week: most viewers watch more porn on Sunday

This one isn’t that surprising, but most porn is watched on Sunday.

It seems that all the free time that people have is being given to porn sites.

If you look at the time of day, most porn is watched at night.

10. Pornographic internet downloads: over 35 percent of all downloads are pornographic in nature

It isn’t just about online searches – around 35 percent of all downloads are porn.

This is especially remarkable when you consider how many things people download.

Games, movies, music – none of it compares to the number of porn downloads.

Porn videos are very common, not just on official websites but also on illegal torrent websites.

11. Porn addiction fueled by unwanted means: pop-up ads and misguiding emails are feeding porn addiction for around 34 percent of online individuals

The problem with porn addiction is that porn is very hard to avoid.

We cannot realistically ask anyone to give up the internet.

You cannot study or work in an office without using the internet.

The internet is full of ads relating to porn.

Even if a person does not visit a porn website they are bound to see some advertisements for porn when they are browsing through other websites.

Even if they aren’t browsing the internet, there is plenty of e-mail spam related to porn.

All this is a big problem when it comes to porn addiction.

One of the first things addicts need to do in order to overcome their addiction is stay away from the environment which has the thing they are addicted to.

Yet, we cannot ask porn addicts to stay away from the internet so the problem just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

A proper addict has almost no control over themselves.

If they see what they are addicted to, they will end up consuming it.

12. Pastors struggling with porn addiction: the number of pastors with porn addiction problems is 63 percent

This is one of the most surprising such figures.

Around 63 percent of pastors reported that porn addiction was a problem for them.

It is important to note here that a pastor may have a very different definition of porn addiction than normal people.

For normal people, watching porn is normal – it is only when they are watching too much porn that it starts becoming an addiction.

Pastors try not to watch any porn at all, so even if they watch as much porn as a natural person and are unable to stop despite their religious beliefs, they consider themselves addicted.

Around 63 percent of pastors cannot stop watching porn even though they want to.

Imagine what this figure is like for normal people who do not have any principle based reasons to stop watching porn.

13. Number of e-mails of a sexual nature: around 8 percent of all emails sent and received are of a sexual nature

Porn addiction isn’t just about watching porn videos over the internet.

Porn addicts will get their kicks one way or the other.

Around 8 percent of all e-mails sent are of a sexual nature.

This is a staggering number of e-mails, considering that millions of e-mails are sent per day.

14. Unintentional exposure to porn: over 80 percent of young children and 20 percent of adults experience unintentional pornographic exposure

As we said before, you cannot really avoid porn if you are on the internet.

More than 20 percent of adults said they had unintentionally opened porn while browsing the internet.

The figure for young children is even worse – around 80 percent of them have been exposed to internet unintentionally! This is due to the prevalence of internet porn.

It isn’t just on porn websites – you also see ads for them on many other websites.

Kids are more likely to visit shady websites, and shady websites are much more likely to have porn ads, which explains why the number for young children is so much higher than what it is for adults.

We need better adult supervision for kids on the internet.

15. Number of mobile pornography sites: a surprisingly large number of 1 in 5 mobile sites have been found to be pornographic in nature

Pornography isn’t restricted to our computers – it may be more popular on mobile than it is on computers! A recent survey found that around one if every five mobile websites was related to porn.

This is a staggering figure.

It is important to understand why this is happening.

Thanks to smartphones many people are now foregoing computers at home completely.

This is why tablets and smartphones are slowly becoming the main way for people to browse the internet.

This is why so much porn is being viewed on mobile devices these days.

Mobile devices also allow for privacy for people who do not have a place in their home to watch porn.

People simply go to the toilet and watch all the porn they want in there.

Porn addiction is hard to beat because porn is always available.

You can keep a person away from drugs, you can keep a person away from alcohol, but keeping a person away from porn is almost impossible.

All it takes is a simple Google search, and they will be able to find all the porn that they want.

It is clear that we need to talk more about porn and the effect it has on people.

We need to make people aware of the difference between natural porn consumption and addiction.

We don’t have to demonize all porn or all porn watchers – we need to figure out where the addiction starts, so we can stop people before they become addicts.

No progress will be made in this regard until we first stop being ashamed of having discussions about porn and porn addiction in our society at large.