In the ongoing talk about pornography in general, and addiction in particular, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are real numbers that quantify the situation.
And more importantly, the numbers represent real people. These are people you work with and stand in line next to at the grocery store. They are the people who coach your kids’ little league or club soccer teams. They are the people in the car next to you at the stop light. And in some cases, they are your pastor, your priest, your rabbi or some other person you assume is above the temptation to porn addiction.
The stats today only deal with a couple of categories: pornographic emails, internet searches and prostitution. But they are still disturbing.
How pornified is a culture in which 2.5 billion emails sent each day are pornographic and 25 percent of all internet searches is for pornography? How twisted do men become about sexuality and how to rightly value women when 1 out of every 10 men throughout the world has purchased a prostitute. And think of the tragic reality that the average age of young women getting into prostitution is 12-14 years old.
Does this matter? Of course it does. The sexually saturated society we live in destroys real lives.
Are there any 12- to 14-year-old girls you are willing to see enter into prostitution? Are you comfortable knowing how many men pay for prostitutes?
Certainly not. And yet the pornification of our culture paves the way for more and more of this activity and we are left to deal with the effects of it.
We’re talking about real people.