4 ways porn changes us

Several days ago as I was driving to a meeting, a segment on NPR caught my attention. It was a thought-provoking piece, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. They were discussing the prevalence of pornography and its impact on individuals and on our culture as a whole.

In the intro, All Things Considered host Ailsa Chang reported that PornHub, the largest free porn site, has over 100,000,000 visits a day, mostly from Americans under the age of 34 — people who have always had easy access to porn.

As a longtime pastor and counselor, I’ve seen the destructive nature of pornography up close. I’ve had friends and colleagues lose their families and their ministries because of their own personal struggles with porn. I’ve struggled with temptation myself, more often than I’d like to admit. And I know I’m not alone. Pornography is a daily temptation for millions of men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

People get involved with pornography for all kinds of reasons: curiosity, comparison, fantasy, escape, shame, compulsive thoughts, and sexual abuse, just to name a few. According to Webroot Cybersecurity, some 40 million Americans regularly visit porn sites. And they watch a lot of internet porn. Consider these stats:

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