2016: A Year in Porn

2016: A Year in Porn

By Kyle Roberts, M.A.

Once again, PornHub has released —with pride— their year end stats for 2016.

PornHub boasts:

  • The United States remains the highest consumer of porn.
  • Worldwide we are seeing an increase in incest related searches (see infograph below).
  • Most porn is being viewed on cell phones.
  • Women are increasing the amount of porn they are viewing world wide and the porn search themes remain largely focused on male dominance and pleasure.

One of the most alarming trends of the year is Virtual Reality (VR) porn–you’ve probably seen an increase in advertising for the headsets that hook up to your cell phone. Basically the point of VR is to provide a more realistic experience for the user. PornHub reports launching in April of 2016 with 30 videos and hit 1800 videos by years end. It is quickly becoming one of highest searched term related to pornography use.

We should be appalled by the information in this annual report. It’s time to change the stats in 2017 by changing the conversation. What can you do to help create that change?

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate! In your discussions with your children, bring up pornography; ask them what they think about it, if they have seen it?
  • Create a plan—help your children know what they can and should do if they encounter pornography. We have one you can use or add to, the R.U.N. Plan.
  • Follow up, follow up, follow up–Keep having the conversations and let your children know you are there to talk about anything or answer any questions they may have.

Here are some of our lessons to assist you as you begin the conversations about pornography for children of all ages:
Ages 3-7
Ages 8-11
Ages 12+

Learn more about starting these crucial conversations? Check out our books, 30 Days of Sex Talks, How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography, which is also available in Spanish; and 30 Days to a Stronger Child.

All research credit goes to PornHub: http://www.pornhub.com/insights/2016-year-in-review **Trigger Warning** No visual pornography is contained in the link.

Kyle Roberts has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. She received her master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Texas At San Antonio with an emphasis in addiction recovery. When she isn’t wrestling with her little boy, she can be found teaching developmental psychology at BYU-Idaho or working on some DIY projects.