Religious People Say They Don’t Watch Porn. Internet Data Says Otherwise.

Highly religious people in the U.S. may have a love-hate relationship with online pornography, but new research suggests they don’t want to admit it.

Photo credit: Elenasamko

Photo credit: Elenasamko

A study published June 2 in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention aimed to find out how people who self-identified as very religious (based on how they rated the importance of religion in their lives and the degree of their religiosity) would react to paradoxical findings about religious individuals’ porn use.

Many religious Americans consider watching porn to be deviant behaviour or a sinful addiction, and attempt to address it through online software that prevents individuals from accessing porn or through therapy for people who are “addicted” to it.

“Watching porn excessively to the point that it disrupts an individual’s daily life is generally considered problematic,” said study co-author Cara MacInnis of the University of Calgary. “But some highly religious individuals might view the most minimal of pornography use that is likely not problematic to represent an addiction.”

Yet studies of internet use across the U.S. have found that a higher percentage of people subscribe to pornography services or search for sexual content online in states where a greater percentage of residents describe themselves as religious.

How would highly religious people react to this information? To find out, MacInnis and co-author Gordon Hodson, of Brock University in Ontario, asked more than 200 Americans to participate in a survey about their level of religiosity. About 42 percent identified themselves as Christian and 48 percent identified as agnostic or atheist.

The team then presented participants with the evidence of the discrepancy between reported and actual pornography use.

Read the full Huffington Post article: http://goo.gl/FohX6B