Pornography remains prevalent in most Americans’ lives. Porn websites receive more traffic per day than Amazon, Netflix and Twitter combined, with 30 percent of all data transferred online being porn-related, according to The Huffington Post.
In fact, there have been more than 390 million pornography Internet searches since the beginning of 2015, according to a report from CovenantEyes, an Internet accountability research company. And the growth won’t stop there, as 250 million people are expected to use their mobile devices to access pornography by 2017 — a more than 30 percent increase since 2013, according to the report.
But efforts have been made to tackle pornography. For example, in February I wrote how Google and Reddit both announced they were ridding their sites of certain pornographic materials.
Other organizations have also been advocating against pornography for years, but with a different approach that can apply to you and your family — talking about the struggles and risks of pornography openly.
The XXX Church in Pasadena, California, reaches out to believers looking to learn more about pornography addiction. The church’s pastor, Craig Moss, says the church wants to help individuals understand pornography by talking about it and the problems it causes.
Rob Harter, director of the Christian Center of Park City, Utah, told Deseret News National that pornography “is one of those topics that no one really wants to talk about.” But because “pornography is everywhere” now thanks to smartphones and tech devices, it’s time to open up and educate people on the perils of porn, Harter said.
“This is a conversation that needs to happen,” he said. “It’s something people are talking about — finally. I think because of the flood of research coming out about how addictive it is and how ubiquitous it is, which opens us up to have a conversation."
Like the XXX Church, Harter’s Christian Center looks to educate parents and children about the damaging effects of pornography.
To do this, the Christian Center partners with Fight the New Drug, an organization that aims to educate people on the negative effects of pornography by giving presentations across the country. Fight the New Drug works with churches and counseling centers to offer events that reach more members of the community.
Harter hopes Fight the New Drug’s events will offer new information about pornography to parents, who can then educate their children. After all, children are more likely to develop negative feelings about pornography when parents promote an anti-pornography lifestyle.
“As for the long-term effects, I hope this (event) will create a movement to begin looking at the impact porn has and continue to have with the next generation,” Harter told the National. “So let’s talk about it, get it out in the open, so we can discuss what people think about it in a way that’s healthy, that’s not judgmental or shame-driven.”
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.