I often have conversations with individuals who are not aware of the dangerous nature of pornography. Of course, as a part of my work I share this fact as much as possible.
Do you know pornography’s growing prevalence in our culture and its dangers?
The Barna Group released a landmark study last year showing a shift in morality as values are eroding. Teens (ages 13-17) and young adults (ages 18-24) were asked to rank the following actions as to whether they were morally wrong.
- Stealing 88%
- Adultery 75%
- Lying 71%
- Not recycling 56%
- Thinking negatively of someone with a different point of view 55%
- Overeating 48%
- Wasteful consumption of water or electricity 38%
- Jealousy 32%
- Viewing pornographic images 32%
Be sure to take a good look at that again. Did you notice that not recycling is considered a greater danger to our society than having future generations who are unable to have lasting, meaningful relationships because they thought pornography wasn’t wrong?
The study also confirms that pornography is not just a problem for men. 67% of male teens and young adults and 33% of females are seeking out porn on a frequent basis.
That is 1 in 3 females!
Pornography isn’t much better when we get over the age the age of 25: 47% of men and 12% of females frequently seek out pornography.
Even among Christian women ages 18-24, 56% viewed pornography at least once a month. For Christian women over the age of 25, it is still 27%.
If that wasn’t enough, 49% of all women surveyed think of pornography as acceptable.
Sobering. Clearly there is much that needs to be done in educating ourselves and those around us about the harm of pornography.
Barna Group. (2016).The Porn Phenomenon: The Impact of Pornography in the Digital Age. Ventura, CA: Barna Group.
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- Give your teens the list of nine actions above. Ask them to rank them in order of the worst to the least worst. Then discuss their list and their reasoning. Be careful not to judge their answers as right or wrong.
- Ask your teens how they thing their classmates as a whole would rank the list. Discuss what makes them think they would rank them this way.
- Share the way you would list them and why but again being careful not to claim the “right” answer. Offer it simply as another point of view.
- Quote the statistics about females viewing pornography. Ask if that is their experience with the females at their school.
- Ask your teen what they would do if they were offered pornography to view. This could be via text, YouTube, website, etc. Offer ideas and what you would like them to do.