Sex sells, and the pornography industry knows it. Ever since the advent of the internet, porn websites have been the most popular and most frequently visited.
In 2016, pornhub.com, one of the largest porn sites on the internet provided these statistics:
- 92 Billion videos were viewed
- 4.6 Billion hours of videos were watched
- These viewings consumed 3110 petabytes of internet bandwidth (a petabyte is 1 million gigabytes)
- 64 million unique visitors watched each day
- The average user spend 9 minutes and 39 seconds per visit
- The United States was the largest consumer of porn
And in case you are wondering, woman consume porn nearly as much as men. 85% of women watch porn, and in many cases, they and their partner watch together.
Now if you are expecting me to debate the morality or immorality of porn, you are going to be disappointed. Instead, I am going to look at what works, and what doesn’t work.
Out of practical concern, I am having a difficult time getting past the 4.6 billion hours per year of videos watched…….from just ONE porn site!
4.6 BILLION HOURS! If that same time were used to produce something useful, and we assume a basic wage of $10/hour, that equates to $46 billion of wages that could have been earned producing something that can last beyond a quick thrill.
I personally know of people who spend 2 or 3 hours a day browsing porn, 20 hours a week, 1000 hours a year! And at the end of that 1000 hours, what do they have to show for it? Not a thing! They haven’t built anything. They haven’t earned anything. They haven’t improved their friendships with lasting memories, or spent time with their kids. It is time completely gone!
When I was kid, my Dad called the TV a “boob tube” if we spent so much as an hour watching Gilligan’s Island or the Brady Bunch. Well, the addiction American’s have to porn gives new meaning to the term “boob tube”!
How many times have you heard someone say, “I wish there were 25 hours in a day”? That’s only 365 extra hours a year. The way I see it, if they just quit watching porn, some of these folks will have 3 extra hours every day instead of just one!
If you don’t have the life you want, you need to look at how you spend the limited time you do have. We all have 168 hours every week to allocate. If that limited time is being spent on things like pornography, which offers no lasting value, it may be worthwhile to redirect your efforts to things that last and bring meaning to your life.