Given the constant change that defines the Internet, you can’t answer the question, “How big is the on-line porn business?” in the same way you can answer, “How tall is Qutub Minar?” It changes too much, and too quickly.
One of the major threats to the civilized society today posed by the Internet is the abundance of obscene material on it and the volume of users victimized.
So a proper review of the problem of on-line obscenity requires an examination of the scope of the problem and the damage that it causes.
How big is on-line obscenity?
Given the constant change that defines the Internet, you can’t answer the question, “How big is the on-line porn business?” in the same way you can answer, “How tall is Qutub Minar?” It changes too much, and too quickly. The best estimate you can make is a “snapshot” that may not hold true months, weeks, or even days down the road.
Nevertheless, given some reasonably good “snapshots,” this much can be said: the on-line porn business is monstrously big and growing.
Here’s a quick snapshot: a market analysis company said in a May 1999 Reuters news item on ZDNet that the “near-$1 billion sex-on-the-Web industry is set to triple within five years.” But according to the recent estimates it is over $57 billion it has grown 56 times in half a decade!!!.
“. . . E-porn is also a massive moneymaker. While behemoths like Amazon.com and e-toys struggle with losses running into eight figures, adult-entertainment companies . . . are flush with profits!!! ‘A large, mainstream E-commerce company needs to go out of its way to create demand, [to] explain why it is important,” says Keith Condon, vice president of Atlas Multimedia, whose holdings include [a prominent porn Web site]. “We don’t. We work on filling demand that’s already there.”
” . . . In the early to mid-1990s, up to 80 percent of all Internet traffic was adult related and service providers smelled money. [A chief operating officer for a Florida-based ISP] notes that his company was not created to cater to adult clients. ‘But it went that direction because of demand,’ he says.”
” . . . Adult material accounts for 69 percent of the $1.4 billion pay-to-view online-content market, far outpacing video games (4 percent) and sports (less than 2 percent).”
“It’s hard to tell how big these Web pornographers really are, because they often stand behind hundreds of seemingly different sites. Senior analyst Mark Hardie at Forrester thinks the biggest porn sites have sales between $100 million and $150 million. We can’t confirm that, but there are several companies . . . with revenues in the $55 million region. The Internet is a gold mine for pornographers. . .
Adult entertainment is one of the few online businesses that are making serious money from the Net; it’s perhaps the only online service that people are prepared to pay a premium for. Take the Web site Sex.com, run by Stephen Cohen, Cohen claims the site pulls in over $225 million a year and has over nine million members, all paying a monthly registration fee of $25. Placing a banner ad on the site will reportedly set you back a cool $1 million for a month.
Porn revenue is bigger than all combined revenues of all the professional football, baseball, and basketball franchises. Porn earnings are estimated at $57 billion worldwide
[Source: Janet M. LaRue, Esq., World Magazine, “Porn Nation,” Aug. 2000 p.p.44-49]
Internet Pornography Statistics
Pornography Industry Revenue Statistics
Escort services $11 billion
Magazines $7.5 billion
Sex clubs $5 billion
Phone sex $4.5 billion
Cable/Pay per view $2.5 billion
Internet $2.5 billion
CD-Rom $1.5 billion
Novelties $1.0 billion
Other $1.5 billion
US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC (6.2 billion)
Child pornography generates $3 billion annually
Internet Pornography Statistics
Pornographic websites 4.2 million (12% of total websites)
Pornographic pages 372 million
Daily pornographic search engine requests 68 million (25% of total search engine requests)
Daily pornographic emails 2.5 billion (8% of total emails)
Average daily pornographic emails/user 4.5 per Internet user
Monthly Pornographic downloads (Peer-to-peer) 1.5 billion (35% of all downloads)
Daily Gnutella “child pornography” requests 116 thousand
Websites offering illegal child pornography 100 thousand
Sexual solicitations of youth made in chat rooms 89%
Youths who received sexual solicitation 20%
Worldwide visitors to pornographic web sites 72 million annually
Children Internet Pornography Statistics
Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography 11 years old
Largest consumer of Internet pornography 12 – 17 age group
15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures 80%
8-16 year olds having viewed porn online 90% (most while doing homework)
7-17 year olds who would freely give out home address 29%
7-17 year olds who would freely give out email address 14%
Courtesy: Internet filter Review.
What damage does on-line obscenity cause?
Under this heading, we refer to the damages to potentially millions of individuals — men, women, children, and their families — all over the world.
If the on-line porn trade is gigantic, the spiritual and psychic damages it causes are at least as gigantic.
Dr. Victor Cline, author of the monograph ‘Pornography’s effect on adults and children’, who has, as a clinical psychologist, treated more than 300 persons — 96 percent male — with sexual illnesses, calls the Internet “the leading source of pornographic materials worldwide,” and states:
“Some of my porn addict patients inform me that the Internet has three major advantages in feeding their addictive sexual illnesses. They call them the three A’s: It’s easily Accessible, Affordable, and Anonymous.
“I have had boys in their early teens getting into this wasteland with really disastrous consequences. They told me they actively search for porn on the Internet, keying in such words as sex, nudity, pornography, obscenity, etc. Then, once they have found how to access it they go back to it again and again, just like porn addicts.” (From ‘Pornography’ s Effects on Adults and Children,’ 2001 edition, published by Morality in Media)
Internet has made Pornography cheaper and more accessible (a lot of free material is available on the net) porno was usually accessible freely only to the filthy upper crust of the society irrespective of age class and social background. Children have been the worst victims of the internet porno dragon.
In November 2000 media reported that Internet pornographers had buried the names of popular toys in the metatags in their Web sites in order to reroute traffic to their Web sites. X-rated material, similar to alcohol or cocaine that release pleasure-producing chemicals in the brain, can lead to an addiction in some consumers.
Though the amount of immoral and uncivilized activity is gigantic on the net but we should not stop using it. There is a silver lining in the dark clouds here the although the number of users has increased but the percentage of people accessing obscene material on the net has declined sharply. This is largely due to other useful alternates available on the net.
Now it’s high time we focus on posting more productive material on the net while we abstain from obscenity. Whenever you are online, stay on-line ethically.