Pornography > Pandemic

Oct 12, 2011

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Recent statistics say that a little over 42% of Internet users view pornography.  That isn't a majority, but seems like a very high number.  So let's put that figure into perspective.

The definition of epidemic is an outbreak of something affecting a high percentage of the population.  On the other hand, a pandemic is an epidemic occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.

The worst pandemic episode of the flu (influenza) in the United States in the past century occurred in 1918.  That disease killed 40 million people, which was approximately 38% of the population.  Now compare that figure to 42% of Internet users that view pornography.

In essence, pornography use is happening at a higher rate than the worst pandemic of the past hundred years!  Why don't we hear about pornography being a pandemic threat?  Why is relatively little being done to combat the "outbreak"?

It's up to us.  It starts at home.