The most popular porn video this week says something truly awful about the state of our culture

By Jonathon Van Maren

Each time I write about the extent to which pornography is poisoning our society, there are always people who respond by telling me that I must be exaggerating. There is no way, they tell me, that porn is as ubiquitous as I say it is, and it is simply not possible that pornography is having such a mind-altering effect on so many people. Despite mounting evidence, many people simply prefer to believe that we are still living in a world where porn is a handful of old Playboys stuffed under a bed or hidden in a chest of drawers. Considering the scope of the problem we face, this view represents almost criminal negligence.

One of the reasons people prefer to plunge their heads in the sand when it comes to porn is because the numbers are in some ways too staggering to fully comprehend. In 2016, for example, people watched more than an accumulated 500,000 years of pornography on PornHub, which is roughly 12 porn videos for every man, woman, and child on planet earth. Is it true that explicit sexual material was found in every previous culture? Of course. But never in recorded human history have so many people had access to hardcore pornography from virtually the time they can grasp a smartphone.

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