- "In March of 2002, Rick Warren's Pastors.com website conducted a survey on porn use. Of the 1,351 pastors who responded, 54% of them had viewed internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these pastors had visited a porn site within the last 30 days.
- In September of 2003, 34% of the female readers of Today's Christian Woman's online newsletter admitted to intentionally accessing internet porn.
- In his 2006 book, "Men's Secret Wars," Patrick Means revealed the results of a confidential survey of evangelical pastors and church lay leaders. 64% of these Christian leaders confirmed that they were struggling with sexual addiction or sexual compulsion including, but not limited to, the use of pornography, compulsive self sex, or other secret sexual activity.
- A poll taken by XXXChurch and reported by CNN in April of 2007 revealed that 70% of Christians struggle with porn in their daily lives.
- According to a 2010 article published by Focus on the Family, more than 45% of Christians admit that pornography is a major problem in their home.
- A recent study co-published by the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. and the Marriage and Religion Institute (MARRI) calls pornography a "quiet family killer" and states that 56% of divorces involve one party having an obsessive interest in porn. In fact, internet pornography has now surpassed financial problems as being the fastest growing cause of divorce in America.
- One researcher indicated that 70% of men 18-34 years old visit a pornographic website in a typical month. Whenever I hear these statistics, I always assume that the number I am hearing is too low because the statistic is based on self reporting, and as we know, shame is such a significant factor that even with the promise of anonymity people sometimes cannot speak the truth."
The search for statistics on sexual activity in our culture is challenging to find online. I was able to identify some statistics from a Christian website that indicated some of the following facts. If government statistics corroborate with the data on this website, how do we address this concern in a spiritual course of study?
Maureen Kris is educated in advanced spiritual studies, political science and international relations. For more details please visit: http://brentwoodspiritualstudiesinstitute.org/maureen-kris-bio.html