From a recent article on the growth of the porn industry, we get some bad news and some good quotes. First the bad news: the porn industry continues to grow at a frightening pace. California-based Adult Video News predicted revenue of US$12.6-billion in the year 2005 for the industry. Of that number, US$4.28-billion is predicted from sales and rentals of porn DVD’s, even though the price of a porn film has dropped 20% in the last year–to less than US$50.
** Addendum (4/17/07)Â Included in a list of pornography stats on their site, I found this:Â “At 13.3 billion a year, theÂ 2006 revenues of the sex and porn industry in theÂ U.S. are bigger than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined. Worldwide sex industry sales for 2006 are reported to be 97 billion. To put this in perspective, Microsoft, who sells the operating system used on most of the computers in the world (in addition to other software) reported sales of 44.8 billion in 2006.” (from Internet Filter Review)
But let’s get to the quotes. By the way, the quotes don’t give us good news either, they’re just well-put. Dr. Mary Ann Layden is co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy. Speaking before the 2004 Senate Commerce Committee, she said, “Pornography addicts have a more difficult time recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever.” People often point out that porn is a hard habit to break because we’re surrounded by sexually suggestive media, and are often triggered. But Layden also reminds us that it’s hard to break because our “drug” never leaves our system. Scary.
Later in the article she says this: “There are no studies and no data that indicate a benefit from pornography use. If there were a benefit, then pornography users, pornography performers, their spouses and their children would show the most benefit. Just the opposite is true. The society is awash in pornography and so in fact the data is in. If pornography made us healthy, we would be healthy by now.”