The Power, Popularity and Pervasiveness of the Internet
With the rise in the popularity of the internet, the easy of access (on your iPad, iTouch, phone, etc) and the amount of dangers out there. The dangers the internet bring into our homes, living rooms, bedrooms cannot be underestimated.
Just to give context to this, it is estimated that 2.2 billion (31% of the global population) have access to the internet and it has just surpassed the pervasivness of the television which as you know can be tightly regulated by broadcasting authorities. No such regulation exists on the internet. On Facebook alone there are 900 million users (2012), if it was a country it would be the third largest country behind China and India.
The Pervasiveness of Pornography
The problem that we are talking about is perhaps the largest industry the world has ever known. It is the pornographic industry which involves two of the largest underworlds – that of pornography itself (an industry consumed by 297 million (2011) users and worth US$97 billion. It also feeds and the multi-billion dollar human sex trafficking industry exists to support the lusts of these industries.
Here are some statistics which the Josh McDowell ministry has published. 35% of all searches and 25% of all downloads are porn-related. 67% of all Christian youth in the United States aged 12-25 have accessed porn and 47% of Christian families report pornography as a major problem in their homes. The ramification of such a vice have proven influences and impact on the marital, social and sexual health of the future generation of adults in the church. In fact world-renown author and speaker Josh McDowell characterises “sexual immorality through the internet” as, “the greatest threat to the church, mission, family…”
Here is the trailer of the just1clickaway.org campaign
A Larger Problem
The problem is compounded since the industry fuels another multi-billion dollar underground industry which sexually exploits the young children and teenagers in ways which amounts to something akin to modern day slavery – the trafficking of young boys, girls and teenagers for sex.
Josh McDowell – address to the Americal Association of Christian Counsellors (AACC) – Just 1 Click notes. Accessed 21 Sep 12.