This young Catholic man makes a lot of sense. At least he would, if we were not so turned on to pornography. But, maybe there is a reason here to look at it differently, and to step away from those things that excite us, while destroying out souls. Here is his latest missive. Sounds pretty spot on to me.
I did some quick calculations:
There are about 25.5 million teenagers in the USA (ages 13-19). On average, each one spends 87 hours per year looking for or at pornography online. That means U.S. teens spend about 2.2 billion man-hours on pornography per year.
There are about 230 million adults in the USA (ages 20 and up). On average, each one spends 40 hours (extrapolating from the Brits) looking at pornography. That means US adults spend an estimated 9.2 billion man-hours on pornography per year.
So, all together, US adults and teens spend 11.4 billion man-hours per year on internet pornography alone.
We also spend over $13.3 billion on pornography in the United States every year. And that number is even a few years old.
Here area few other things we could do with that same time and money:
With that same amount of time (man-hours) we could…
Build the Empire State building…1,628 times.
Visit every single one of the 1.5 million U.S. nursing home residents, every single day of the year, for 20 hours a day…and still have free time left over.
Visit every single one of the 2 million prisoners in the United States, every single day, two people at a time, for 8 hours.
Have every single person (310 million) in the U.S. spend an extra 36 hours in prayer.
Spend 3 extra hours per week with each and every one of the 75 million teens and children in the United States.
With that same amount of money we could…
Provide, prepare and serve 7 billion school lunches. That’s enough to feed over 38 million students every school day of the year.
Pay for 1.9 million four-year college degrees.
Build 190,000 Habitat for Humanity homes…in Orange County, CA. Or we could build 7.25 million of them in India.
Give $13.3 million to one thousand different charities each.
Feed 1 billion people a meal…70 times.
And this says nothing of all of the other negative side effects that would be avoided if we could give up our porn – the loss of sanctifying grace being chief among them.
How many marriages are stressed by it? How many families broken? How many addictions formed? How many marital unions defiled, nullified and deeply scarred? How many abusers made callous to the dignity of the human person? How many brains are re-wired to objectify rather than dignify? How many innocents are spoiled?
How many problems would be improved or solved if we could only give up our porn? What a waste.