"And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home" Deuteronomy 6:5-6
A new study released by the Josh McDowell Ministry has unveiled current findings about teens and
young adults, and pornography. According to the ministry's press release, the study is the "most
comprehensive, in-depth and wide-ranging study to date on pornography among the American
Key findings of the new study included:
- Twice as many young adults ages 25-30 first viewed pornography before puberty than did the
previous generation (Gen X).
- Teens aged 13-17 are watching more pornography and seeking it out more than any other
generation, with 8% viewing porn daily, 18% weekly, and 17% once or twice a month.
- 8% of teens say they come across porn daily even when they aren't seeking it out, 21% do so
weekly, and 21% say they do so once or twice a week.
- When teens talk about pornography with friends, 90% say they do so in an either neutral,
accepting, or encouraging way.
- Less than one-third (32%) of teens and young adults say that viewing pornography is "usually or
always wrong" compared to more than half (56%) who say not recycling is "usually or always
- Only one in 10 teens say their friends think viewing pornography is a bad thing.
- Most teens and young adults have been involved in "sexting," with 66% saying they have received
a sexually explicit image, and 41% have sent one.
- Assume your teen will be exposed to pornography on a regular basis (whether intentionally or
- Understand the difference between a teen that stumbles upon online pornography and a teen that
seeks it out. React appropriately based on behavior.
- Make discussing pornography a topic of discussion with your teens.
- Set clear expectations for online behavior regarding pornography.
- If your teen is regularly viewing pornography consider using an accountability tool such as the ones
found on xxxchurch.com.