Summary of the Adult Online Industry / Internet Pornography

The Internet has had significant influence on the creation and distribution of adult entertainment.
Internet based pornography sales, grew 14% to $2.8 billion in 2006. Overall sales and rentals of X-rated DVDs dropped 15% in 2006 because video and photos on the Internet - much of it created by amateurs - are available at a fraction of the cost or for free. PornoTube.com and YouPorn.com send user-generated adult content straight to the PCs, cellphones and Internet-connected TVs of consumers.[1]

"Revenues can come from a number of sources: paid subscriptions to the site, advertisements carried on the site, sending traffic to other sites, sale of sex-related products, and providing auxiliary services such as adult content search engines, content for other adult Web site operators, or age verification services.

Compared to the totality of content on the public World Wide Web, adult-oriented sites account for a relatively small fraction (about 1.5 percent). However, these sites account for a significant amount of Web traffic. According to industry statistics, approximately 70 million different individuals per week view at least one adult web site. The number of paying subscribers may be as high as 10 million in the United States. The majority of these viewers and subscribers are male, though the fraction of female viewers are growing.

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, nearly 16 percent of the visitors to adult-oriented Web sites in February 2002 were under the age of 18. Even using current Adult Verification Software (AVS), adult sites receive traffic that is 5 percent children." [2]

Internet Pornography and Human Behaviour Statistics

* Sex is the number 1 topic searched on the Internet (Overdosing on Porn, Rebecca Hagelin. www.worldandi.com, March, 2004)
* Porn site architects were among the first to perfect full-streaming video and audio on the Web and among the first to persuade apprehensive consumers to divulge credit card numbers to someone unknown to them on the Internet, which developed e-commerce (The Architects of Porn, VARBusiness, 28 April 2000)
* The most common ways people have accidentally reached pornographic content on the Web are pop-up windows (55%), misrepresented links (52%), misspelled URLs (48%) and auto links within emails (23%)(Fifty Percent of Workers Spend Nine days a Year on Personal Surfing at Work, Cerberian Inc. and SonicWALL, 20 July 2004)
* Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites - 72% male, 28% female (http://www.wisechoice.net/porn-statistics/)
* 44% of teens ages 13 - 17 said they had 'seen websites that are X-rated or have sexual content.' (TIME, 5/10/99)
* 15% of online teens ages 12 - 17 say they have lied about their age to gain access to a Web site (Pew Survey, 2001)
* Most girls (ages 13 - 18) say they can get around parents rules … Nearly half say they’re able to get into a porn site (42%). (2002 Girl Scout Research Institute)
* 25% of children ages 10 - 17 who use the Internet regularly are exposed involuntarily to pornography (pictorial material). (March 2003 Youth and Society)
* Approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet (Exposing Porn: Science, Religion, and the New Addiction, Paul Strand 2004)
* One in five children ages 10-17 have received a sexual solicitation over the Internet (The Web's Dark Secret, Newsweek, 19 March, 2001)
* Three million of the visitors to adult websites in September 2000 were age 17 or younger (NetValue Report on Minors Online, Business Wire, 19 December, 2000)
* One in four children who use the Internet are exposed to unwanted sexual material (Your Children & Pornography: A guide for Parents, Tom Buford. Tommera Press, 2001)
* 2.5 billion emails per day are pornographic (Pornography Statistics 2003, Family Safe Media www.familysafemedia.com, 2003)
* 25 percent of all search engine requests are pornography related (Internet Pornography Statistics: 2003, David C. Bissette, Psy.D. www.healthymind.com, 2004)
* 72 million Internet users visit pornography web sites per year (Pornography Statistics 2003, www.internetfilterreview.com, 2003)
* 94 percent of Americans believe a ban on Internet pornography should be legal (Statistics on Internet Pornography, www.levelbest.com)
* 79 percent of Americans say the government should do something about the potential for dangerous strangers to make contact with children (Survey Shows Widespread Enthusiasm for High Technology. NPR Online. http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/poll/technology/, 1999)
* One in 17 children ages 10-17 were threatened or harassed over the Internet in 2000 (Report Statistical Highlights. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2000)
* Nearly 1.4 million Americans are stalked online each year (4 out of 5 are women)(Stalkers Online, Andrea Rock. Ladies Home Journal, 2000)
* There are 800 million rentals each year of adult videos and DVDs
(Hagelin, 2004)
* 11,000 adult movies are produced each year (Hagelin, 2004)
* 34 percent of churchgoing women said they have intentionally visited porn websites online (Internet porn a guy thing? Not really, online rating service says, Mark O'Keefe. The Charlotte Observer)
* Less than 10% of sexual solicitations and only 3% of unwanted exposure on the Internet were reported to authorities (Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation's Youth . National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Crimes Against Children, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2000)
* More than 30% of 1,500 surveyed companies have terminated employees for inappropriate use of the Internet, while only 37.5% of companies use filtering software (Websense Incorporated and The Center for Internet Studies, 2000)
* 39 million homes receive the adult channels in scrambled form, while the number of children with potential exposure to such images is about 29 million (Court looks at adult channel Michael Kirkland. UPF Financial Wire, 30 November, 1999)
* Cable companies brought in revenue of $177 million from sexually explicit pay-per-view programming (No Big Surge in Sex Programs is Expected From Cable Ruling, Jim Rutenberg. The New York Times, 2000)
* 70 percent of sexual advances over the Internet happened while youngsters were on a home computer (One in Five Kids Has Been Propositioned for Cybersex. Legal Facts. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2000)[3]



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Editor: Karene Jade Howie


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1. http://www.freespeechcoalition.com/FSCView.asp?action=preview&coid=1062
2. http://books.nap.edu/html/youth_internet/ch3.html
3. http://www.spaceandmotion.com/sex/search-results-internet.htm