The Internet is for porn, or so say the numbers
A conservative state in the heart of the Bible belt, Mississippi places near the top of yet another nasty little list.
Did you know the Magnolia State ranks third in the nation for online pornography subscriptions per capita?
Utah takes the lead with 5.47 people per 1,000 home broadband users; Alaska follows close behind with 5.03 people and Mississippi trails closely with 4.3.
The Internet can be both a blessing and a curse, and part of the curse in current times is the ready access to massive amounts of porn, with a cost decidedly lower than other porn mediums - only $20-$30 monthly for all you can take.
A study entitled, "Red Light States: Who Buys Online Entertainment?" conducted by Harvard Business School professor Benjamin Edelman, found that residents in smaller towns are more likely to be reluctant when considering going porn shopping in local stores. Small-town denizens are more easily to be identified by their peers.
He said, "People probably turn to the Internet because of the anonymity."
The Red Light study revealed that in 2006 the online adult entertainment revenue was $2.8 billion, exceeding the spending at adult clubs. Adult videos topped that with $12.8 billion, but video profits are steadily on the fall while Internet revenue is on the rise.
It's no secret that even the religious community is struggling with porn.
Edelman said, "In the 27 states where 'defense of marriage' laws have been adopted, (making same-sex marriages unconstitutional) subscriptions are more prevalent than the other states.
Bob Peters, president of Morality in Media, said, "Religious people would be far less inclined to do anything that will identify them, so they might be more likely to turn to the internet."
Religious persons subscribing to porn sites spend just as much time looking at pornography as they do praising the Lord, the Red Light study found.
The truth is, porn takes up a lot of Mississippians' time.
Studies show pornography is most downloaded during banker's hours, with each visit lasting 11.6 minutes on average, and the common user visiting sites at least seven times a month.
It is estimated that businesses lose 90 minutes a day because of Internet pornography, and that two-thirds of adolescents have looked at pornography while doing homework. One-third of them make a habit of it.
Besides wasting all this time during the workday, those addicted to Internet porn lose time with their loved ones, often leading to relationships tattered and intimacy gone.
Isn't it time that we start educating our public about a problem we have known about forever, but is now so easily swept under the carpet via the Internet's anonyminity?
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