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9/9/13 at 11:47 PM 8 Comments

How Many Women are Addicted to Porn? 10 Stats that May Shock You

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Luke Gilkerson

Can a woman become addicted to porn? Marnie Ferree, founder of Bethesda Workshops and a specialist in the area of women with sexual addiction, talks about this growing and pressing issue.

Women struggling with porn?

Here’s what the most recent surveys tell us…

1. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Research, about half (49%) of young adult women agree that viewing pornography is an acceptable way of expressing one’s sexuality.

2. According to a survey of more than 11,000 college-age women, more than half (52%) of young women today are exposed to sexually explicit material by the age of 14.

3. According to a study published in the CyberPsychology and Behavior, 62% of women have seen pornography by the age of 18.

4. Exposures to porn during childhood are not just brief glimpses. Some teen girls are viewing online pornography for a half-hour or more at a time, and 1 in 7 have done this on multiple occasions.

5. About 1 in 5 women (18%) use the Internet for sexual purposes habitually—every week.

In a recent survey of women who are part of the Dirty Girls Ministries online community (an online support forum for women with sexual struggles)…

6. Of the women in the community, 87% say they feel or have felt “out of control” when it comes to the matter of masturbation; 70% say the same about sexual fantasies.

7. Of the women in the community, 45% said they started “habitually and compulsively” watching pornography or engaging in cybersex when they were 13-17 years old.

8. Of the women in the community, 27% say they feel or have feel “out of control” when it comes to sexually chatting online; 11% say the same thing about sexting.

9. Of the women currently 18-29 years old, 61% saw porn for the first time before they were 13 years old; 55% said their first exposure was Internet or computer-based.

10. When asked how well did their parents prepared them to for sexual temptations and how well they taught them about purpose of sex, on a scale of 1 to 7, 55% of the members of this community gave their parents a 1. Another third (32%) gave their parents a 2 or 3.

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Luke Gilkerson is the general editor and primary author of the Covenant Eyes blog. Luke has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Bowling Green State University and is working on an MA in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. Luke and his wife Trisha are the proud parents of four sons. Luke and Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com.

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