By On August 17th, 2007

Internet pornography addiction

Addiction to internet pornography is on the rise among christians. Yes. You heard me correctly, among “christians.” A recent poll conducted by ChristiaNet.com, a prominent Christian market place website, found that 50 percent of men and 20 percent of women that participated in the survey were addicted to internet pornography. The poll surveyed one thousand respondents. Obviously, this is not a study; however, self-reports from christians visiting the site speak volumes. The following is an excerpt of an article from The Christian Post that discusses the issue more in depth:

In a poll of 1,000 respondents, 50 percent of Christian men and 20 percent of Christian women were found to be addicted to pornography. Conducted by ChristaNet.com, a popular Christian marketplace website, the poll asked visitors about their personal sexual conduct.

“There have been dynamic paradigm shifts in the behavior of Christians over the last four years,” said Clay Jones, founder and president of Second Glance Ministries, which partnered with ChristiaNet.com to evaluate poll responses.

Many point to the Internet for the pervasive problem of sexual addiction.

“Technology (the Internet) has allowed pornography to flood the market place beyond a controllable level,” said Jones.

For the first time in history, the American culture has point-and-click pornography; porn stars have MySpace pages; and the Internet and reality TV have provided new platforms for young women to flaunt their sexuality, as reported by the Associated Press. In April, more than a third of the U.S. Internet audience visited sites that fit into the online “adult” category, according to comScore Media Metrix.

And according to Michael Simon, a therapist and high school counselor in the San Francisco Bay area, pornography or performative sexuality has “essentially become the standard of sexiness” rather than being one choice among many ways of being sexual, he told AP.

Yet a 2006 study reported by Morality in Media found that 73 percent of U.S. adults think that viewing pornographic websites and videos is morally unacceptable. Males ages 18 to 34 were more likely to say viewing pornographic material is morally acceptable (44 percent) than older males and females overall.

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The interesting thing about this poll is that it is reflective of “christian” sexual behavior. This says something very specific about the problem of internet pornography; “internet pornography is a problem within the church and church leaders needs to be equipped with tools to combat this growing epidemic.” On August 30th 2007, Brookhaven Hospital will be summoning ministers from across the Tri-State area to address the issue of sexual addiction on the internet. Ministers, Chapels and other church professional are invited to join us as Kelli Erwin, LPC, LADC, of St. Pius X Counseling Center, identifies sexual compulsivity on the internet, courtship disorder, creation of effective boundaries, and resources for recovery. Click here for more information or to fill out our online RSVP, or call 1 888 298 HOPE (4673) to reserve your seating for this engaging free luncheon.

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