News Conference on Barna's New Study: "The Porn Phenomenon"


News Conference: THE PORN PHENOMENON: A COMPREHENSIVE NEW SURVEY ON AMERICANS, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY

Barna Group will be taking part in a news conference in New York City on Tuesday, January 19th at 10am. The news conference will be revealing our groundbreaking study on the changing attitudes and behaviors toward pornography—especially among teens and young adults.

When: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 – 10 AM
Where: Omni Berkshire Hotel
Vanderbilt Room (ground floor, rear lobby)
21 East 52nd Street (52nd St and Madison Ave, entrance on 52nd Street)
Manhattan/New York City (refreshments served)
RSVP to: John Hanrahan, email: [email protected]
or
Mike Schwager, email: [email protected]

The increasing impact and reach of pornography in the digital age cannot be overstated. In this survey—the most comprehensive, in-depth and wideranging study to date on pornography among the American population—the research reveals a younger and younger exposure to pornography, increased desensitization and an escalating usage of pornography. These results are particularly evident among teens and young adults—and reach into the Christian church as well. Detailed survey findings will be announced at the news conference, but abbreviated random highlights of the survey include the following:

  • More than one quarter (27%) of young adults ages 25 – 30 first viewed pornography before puberty.
  • ​Nearly half of young people actively seek out porn weekly or more often
  • Teens & Young Adults consider “not recycling” more immoral than viewing pornography
  • Teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women over age 25
  • 66% of Teens and Young Adults have received a sexually explicit image and 41% have sent one
  • More than half of Christian youth pastors have had at least one teen come to them for help in dealing with porn in the past 12 months
  • 21% of youth pastors and 14% of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn. About 12% of Youth Pastors and 5% of Pastors say they are addicted to porn.

Survey results also include:

  • How Americans Define Porn
  • Changing Attitudes Toward Porn
  • Increasing Pervasiveness of Porn
  • How Americans Use Porn
  • Pornography Among Teens
  • “Porn 2.0”: sexting, social media and “personal” porn
  • Pastors & Porn
  • Porn in the Church

Presenters at the news conference are: David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group (https://www.barna.org/); Roxanne Stone, editor in chief of Barna Group; and Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministry (http://www.josh.org/).

If you're not able to make the press conference, we'll be releasing studies over the next few months here on our website, so keep your eye out for these. Also, if you are a member of the press and are interested in writing about the study but are unable to attend the conference, contact us for key findings (embargoed until January 19).

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