In day to day conversations with family, friends and colleagues I am still surprised when I get a befuddled look in response to our work here at Safe Surfer. But… it shouldn’t surprise me. My old self would have been just as confused. Why worry about something that has been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years?
For the less “up-to-speed” I’ve spoken to, reactions have ranged from confusion (for me, reinforcing the grip pornography has on general society), to some level of concession or resignment that this beast of an “industry” is now as much a part of modern, everyday life as online shopping and natural health supplements – and that pornography is so prevalent that we’re fighting a lost cause.
The fact that pornography is so prevalent starts with basic economics. Supply and demand.
The real shame is that supply is seemingly endless thanks to all number of factors, including the ease of access to a camera and wifi. The even bigger shame is the amount of demand, as the uninformed and uneducated consume at the click of a mouse or the swipe of a smartphone. And, because there are next to no barriers to supply, our goal is to educate and inform a responsible public to make an impact on demand.
The real catalyst driving demand is the fact that pornography is an addiction. Just like alcohol, cigarettes and gambling the consumption of pornography is based on a compulsive obsession to derive instant gratification – and, seemingly, at any cost. Among a plethora of reasons why we should all worry, here are a select few that drive our cause:
- Trafficking and entrapment of human life
- The team at Fight the New Drug speak some clear truth here.
- The loss of real, human relationships
- Read this for effects at their most simplistic and objective level.
- Aggressive and abusive behaviour
- As much as correlation does not imply causation, clear findings from studies like this one are hard to ignore.
Over the next few months will take a closer look at what these side-effects mean.