Research

Report Claims One in Ten Visitors to Porn Sites Are Under 10 Years Old

Internal intelligence from Bitdefender’s parental control feature claims that one in ten visitors to porn sites are under ten years old. Read the full article here.

Kids As Young As Three Struggle With Body Image Issues

According to a study conducted by the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, children as young as three can struggle with body image issues. Read the full article here.

Transgender Teens As Likely To Get Pregnant As Non-Transgender Youth

According to a study conducted by the University of British Columbia, transgender youth are just as likely to get pregnant as non-transgender youth that engage in sexual intercourse. Read the full article here.

Sexually-Explicit Rap Music Can Lead To Sexual Activity At An Early Age

According to a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Centre, listening to sexually-explicit rap music can lead to sex at an earlier age. Read the full article here.

Teens Report Feeling Addicted To Phones

According to a study conducted by Common Sense Media, 50 percent of people ages 12-18 feel addicted to their smartphones. Read the full article here.

Understanding ‘Pocket Porn’

From public figures to local high schools, sexting has become a bigger issue. The Miami Herald shares how sexting, though not included in the American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, can be extremely addictive. Read the full article here.

Study: Birth Control Main Reason For Decrease In Teen Pregnancy

A study by The Guttmacher Institute shares that the main reason for the decrease in teen pregnancy is due to increased use of Birth Control, not a decrease in adolescent sexual activity. Read the full article here.

Sex On Campus Isn’t What You Think

A study by author and speaker Lisa Wade provides an eye-opening glimpse into “hookup culture” on college campuses. *language warning*

Read the full article here.

Porn-Watching Increases Divorce Rate by 200 Percent

According to a new study conducted by the University of Oklahoma, watching porn increases the probability of divorce by 200 percent. Read the full article here.

Baby Doll Robots Increase Teen Pregnancy

According to a study conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute, giving baby robots to teens actually increases teenage pregnancy. Read the full article here.

Study Shows LGBT Youth Face Greater Levels Of Domestic And Sexual Violence

A new study by the Center for Disease Control found that LGBT youth are at a higher risk of domestic and sexual violence than straight youth. See the full study here.

For Teenage Girls, Swimsuit Season Never Ends

A study in 1998 showed that girls’ ability to take a test and think clearly was negatively affected by body image and unrealistic beauty standards. With the rise of social media and the internet, this problem has only been amplified. Read the full article here.

ADHD Linked to Reckless Sexual Behavior if Left Untreated

A new study from Princeton University highlights some connections between ADHD and reckless sexual behavior, as long as substance-abuse problems later in life. Read the full article here.

Fewer Teens Pregnant, But It’s Not Because They’re Having Less Sex

Teen pregnancy is way down. And a study suggests that the reason is increased, and increasingly effective, use of contraceptives. Read the article here.

Under 65 Age Group Doesn’t See Sexuality as Binary

New study shows that among every age group, with the exception of people over the age of 65, tend to say that sexuality is a scale. Read the full article here, and see full poll results here.

New Research Links Social Media and Youth Depression

According to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, frequent social media use can be a contributing factor to depression. Read the full article here.

Study Shows Abstinence Pledges Alone Do Not Reduce Teen Pregnancy

Teens who pledge not to have premarital sex are not cutting their risks of either pregnancy or catching a sexually transmitted disease. Read the full article here.

One Third Of Parents Would Go To The Police If They Found Out Their Kids Were Sexting

According to a new study conducted by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, one third of parents would go to the police if they found out their kids were sending nude photos to friends. Read the full article here.

Study Claims Premarital Virginity is Now ‘Antiquated’

A new study from the Alfred Kinsey Institute claims premarital sex is so universally accepted and practiced that virgins are sometimes considered to be undesirable relationship partners. Read the full article here.

The New Silence Between Parents and Children

Child psychoanalyst Laurie Hollman discusses parent-child communication trends and gives some tips for improving communication quality with children. Read the full article here.

How Millennials’ Views of Scripture Differ From Previous Generations

A new study shows that Millennials are more engaged, yet more skeptic of the Bible than in previous generations. Read the full article here.

A Greater Majority of Millennials Are Having Less Sex Than Previous Generations

New research affirms recent studies that millennials aren’t nearly as sexually active as previous generations. Read the full article here.

Tinder Users Have Lower Self-Esteem

A study shows that users of the popular dating app show greater levels of low self-esteem. Read the full article here.

Students From 70 Australian Schools Targeted By Sick Pornography Ring

More than 70 Australian schools are targets for a perverse pornography ring of teen boys and young men secretly swapping and exchanging graphic sexual images of female students and other nonconsenting women. Read the article here.

Study Finds Despite Expectations of Privacy, 1 in 4 Share Sexts

A new study from Indiana University researchers shows that although most people who engage in sexting expect their messages to remain private, nearly one in four people are sharing the sexual messages they receive. Read the article here.

Most People Watch Porn, But Also Agree It’s Degrading To Women

According to a study conducted in Australia, a large portion of adults have watched porn but agree that it is degrading to women as a whole. Read the full article here.

New Research Recommends Older Age for First Smartphone

An article in the New York Times discusses smartphone ownership for kids, and ultimately recommends waiting as long as possible. Read the full article here.

Sexting Linked to Early Sexualization Of Teenagers

A new study shows that the younger a teenager is when they have sex for the first time, the more likely they are to engage in sexting behavior. Read the full article here.

This Is How Social Media Affects the Brains of Teenagers

New research highlights the ways that social media is affecting the brains of teenagers, for better or for worse. Read the full article here.

Most Millennials Support Tougher Abortion Restrictions, But ‘Pro-Life’ Brand Is Damaged

Polling and research conducted by the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, an initiative of Students for Life of America, found that the majority of millennials support increasing restrictions on abortion even if many of them do not identify as “pro-life.” Read the full article here.

Parents Worry Social Media Undermines Kids’ Moral Development

According to a study conducted by the University of Birmingham and the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, parents believe that social media is undermining their children’s moral development. Read the full article here.

Research Highlights Abusive Behavior in Teen Relationships

New study undertaken in England reveals one in five older teenagers have experienced abusive behaviour in relationships. Read the full article here.

Don’t Blame the Media for Teen Sex, Study Says

According to a recent study, researchers found only a weak link between media and teen sexual behavior. Read the full article here.

Disney Princesses May Promote Negative Body Image For Girls

According to a study conducted at BYU, Disney princess culture magnifies stereotypes in young girls which can cause body image and confidence issues later in life. Read the full article here.

Adolescents Who Attend Church Regularly Consume Less Pornography

Adolescents who attend church regularly consume less pornography than their peers who don’t, according to a study by two University of Calgary professors. Read the full article here.

Soft-Core Porn May Increase Sexism, Belief in Rape Myths

Soft-core pornography may produce sexist ideas in viewers and increase belief in rape myths, according to findings from a new study presented last week. Read the full article here.

Teen Abstinence Rate Up 28 Percent

A recent study shows that teen abstinence has gone up by 28% since 1991. Read the full article here.

Overusing Social Media as an Adolescent May Affect Relationships Later On

When it comes to romance, the more adolescents communicate online with their boyfriends and girlfriends, the worse they manage conflict and asserting themselves in romantic relationships at a time when kids are developing complex interpersonal skills. Read the full article here.

Relationship Quality Tied to Good Health for Young Adults

A new study shows that high-quality relationships are associated with better physical and mental health for young people entering adulthood. Read the full article here.

New Research Shows Gene Common In Healthy Relationships

Researchers find that a gene affects social behavior, including one’s ability to form healthy and long-lasting relationships. Read the article here.

Most Boys Think Online Pornography is Realistic

A large majority of boys that view pornography believe it to be a realistic depiction of sex, based on the findings of a study undertaken in Britain. Read the article here.

Research Suggests Mental, Physical Strains Of Body Image

Research shows that having negative perception of your body image can have both psychological and physical repercussions. Read the full article here.

Researchers Find Genes for Early Sex

In a knew study, researchers in Britain find a link between genetics and age of first sexual activity.

Read the article here.

How U.S. Views of Sex Have Changed Since 2005

A new report from OkCupid finds that American daters are growing more traditional in some ways, and more open-minded in others.

Read the article and see the statistics here. 

Survey: Current Sex Ed Approach Sorely Lacking

A recent Barna Group survey finds that more than two-thirds of Americans think that just teaching teens how to avoid pregnancy isn’t enough – that they should also learn about all the possible consequences of sex.

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Teen Girls Impacted More By Compulsive Texting Than Boys

Teen girls who are “compulsive texters” are more likely than their male counterparts to suffer academically because of it, according to a study released earlier this month.

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Looking at the Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Hook Up Culture

The prevelance of hook up culture and more people between ages 15-24 seeking non-commital relationships makes the risk of STD/STIs very real (and the need to educate people on how to avoid this risk).

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Teens Wary of Social Media Romance – And Still Making Phone Calls

Despite what may seem to be the trend, teens still value the importance of communicating not only over social media, and are aware of the lack of privacy social media creates. Read the full article here.

How Has Social Media, Mobile Technology Affected Teens’ Dating Lives?

A brand new study from the Pew Research Center highlights the correlations between teen romantic relationships and social media. Read the article and get the full study here.

Grandparent Power: Bonds With Seniors Help Stabilize Teens

Research published in the Wall Street Journal highlights how strong relationships within three-generational families benefits teens. Read the article here.

Births: Preliminary Data for 2014

Data from the National Vital Statistics Reports looks at the U.S. birth rate, including the teen birth rate.

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Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage

According to Pew Research polls, a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage, a completely different story from 2001 data.

Read the data here.

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

A majority of teens report access to a computer, game console, smartphone and a tablet.

Read the full research report (and download the full .pdf version) from Pew Research Center here.

Falling marriage rates reveal economic fault lines

An article by the New York Times discusses why marriage provides more financial stability than a single-person household.

Young adults putting off marriage, treating it as capstone to other achievements

A recent study by Brigham Young University and Ball State University suggests that young adults still view marriage as an important life goal. Read the article here.

10 Porn Stats That Will Blow Your Mind

Fight The New Drug drops some truth bombs on you about the reality of porn. Read the article and statistics here.

Record Share of Americans Have Never Married

As values, economics and gender patterns change, the share of American adults who have never married is at a historic high. Research from the Pew Research Center.

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Virginity Pledges for Men Can Lead to Sexual Confusion – Even After the Wedding Day

How do men handle sexual temptation before and after marriage, and what is the church doing to help?

Read the article here.

Is the Era of the Virgin Over?

New research shows a generation of women is feeling less and less guilty about having premarital sex.

Read the article and access the many studies referenced here.

Dating Narcissism: Why We Look for Ourselves in Our Partner

What really determines what makes us attracted to the qualities of another person? This article from TIME references several different studies.

Read the article and access the studies here.

Coerced Sex Not Uncommon For Young Men, Teenage Boys, Study Finds

The research points out that the result is distress and risky behavior, but not lower self-esteem.

Read the article and access the full research here.

Girls Mental Health Suffers When Romance Unfolds Differently Than Imagined

The consequences of being “caught in a bad romance” can be extreme, according to University of New Mexico Sociologist Brian Soller, who reveals that not being true to oneself in an early relationship can severely impact an adolescent’s mental health and sense of development.

Read the report here.

Sex and Tech: Results from a Survey of Teens and Yong Adults

Results from this groundbreaking 2008 survey show that 21% of teen girls and 18% of teen boys have sent/ posted nude or semi-nude images of themselves. What is going on with teens, tech, and sex? The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl take a look.

Access the report here.

Teen Sexual Activity Rates Have Declined Significantly, and Now the Majority of High School Students are Virgins

Research from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey, United States, 2013, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Download the entire report here.

250+ Facts About Pornography

Compiling accurate information about the industry, audience, and impacts of pornography is a daunting task. Statistics found on the Internet often lack context. Other statistical compilations may not cite sources at all, or use statistics anecdotally, making over-generalized statements from one or two sources.

In this statistics pack, updated in February 2015, Covenant Eyes has carefully referenced each fact, statistic, or quote with its original source. In many cases, a URL is provided to find the source online. In this way, this compilation of stats, quotes, and figures acts as a starting place for your own research.

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Sexualization of Girls

This report examines and summarizes psychological theory, research and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls. The report (a) defines sexualization; (b) examines the prevalence and provides examples of sexualization in society and in cultural institutions, as well as interpersonally and intrapsychically; (c) evaluates the evidence suggesting that sexualization has negative consequences for girls and for the rest of society; and (d) describes positive alternatives that may help counteract the the influence of sexualization.

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The Exemplar Project: Finding What Makes a Church Exemplary in its Ministry to Persons who Experience Same-Sex Attraction or Who Struggle with Sexual Identity Concerns

The purpose of the Exemplar Project was to explore approaches used by church-based ministries that are considered exemplary in their outreach or ministry to persons who experience same-sex attraction or who struggle with sexual identity concerns. Twenty-eight church-based ministries and one stand-alone parachurch ministry were nominated as exemplary. Of these, 14 completed an on-line survey that asked specific questions about their ministry vision, goals, demographics, and leadership structure. A typology of three types of church-based ministries emerged from the data: ministry to brokenness, welcoming but not affirming, and gay affirmative. Although there are significant differences among ministries in theological doctrine, they have much in common, including being under-resourced and often invisible within their own communities, as well as sharing interest in assisting persons who are sorting out sexual identity conflicts.

Access the full research here.