Christian Men Watch Just as Much Porn as Non-Christian Men

Christian Men Watch Just as Much Porn as Non-Christian Men

By Victoria Kim 10/16/14

While they view porn at the same rates as others, more Christian men believe that they're addicted as compared to non-believers.

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People like pornography, whether one sees it as an unhealthy vice or a harmless outlet. Various international studies have shown porn consumption rates are at 50% to 99% among men, and 30% to 86% among women, according to Gert Martin Hald, PhD, and colleagues in The APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology.

Approximately two-thirds of U.S. men view porn at least once a month—also not surprising. However, a 2014 survey has revealed that Christian men are viewing porn at the same rate as the national average.

The national survey, which was conducted by the Barna Group and commissioned by Proven Men Ministries, a group dedicated to helping men “suffering through sexual sin,” revealed that 21% of Christian men either believe or are unsure that they are addicted to pornography, as compared to roughly 10% of non-Christian men.

Proven Men Ministries is just one resource for men seeking support for problems related to addiction to pornography, as the religious community is experiencing a rising demand for porn addiction treatment. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently expanded its online support for the problem, including the website OvercomingPornography.org, which is available in a multitude of languages from Japanese to Russian.

“What we are seeing can almost be described as epidemic,” said Joel Hesch, founder of Proven Men Ministries.

According to Patrick Means, author of Men’s Secret Wars, 63% of pastors struggle with sexual addiction or sexual compulsion. Ministers are much more vulnerable to sexual temptation, according to Christian writer Jeff Fisher, because they are in a place of power, are often isolated, unaccountable for their actions, and have few people they can confide their deepest struggles.

“Viewing porn can quickly turn into a very real addiction,” Hesch said. “Just like drug or alcohol use, what starts off as a seemingly innocent or fun act can quickly spiral out of control. If left unchecked, it will consume your time, energy, and resources. Once hooked, it’s hard to break loose.”

Addiction to porn has no official diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association’s mental health bible, the DSM-5, but like Hesch, many believe it is real.

Meanwhile, the national survey found that 18% of all men, or 21 million men, either think they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to porn.

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