October 27, 2013

Porn apps expected to up addictions

By Gregory Tomlin

Baptist Press

By 2017, access to pornography on smartphones and tablets will be available to 250 million people worldwide, according to a new study from Juniper Research, a London-area analyst of the wireless sector.


According to a report by Gregory Tomlin of BRnow. Org, higher-resolution screens, faster networks and personal security offered by password-protected phones and tablets will make the devices the fastest-growing distribution channels for adult content since the Internet was created, according to the study released Sept. 25.


Adult entertainment companies also are beginning to create content specifically for the portable devices because of “the increasing trend towards tablets becoming personal, as opposed to shared household devices,” according to a report by the Center for Media Research in Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 11. And much of the content may be available free, making its use more likely and more easily hidden, according to analysts.
 

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote in an online column Oct. 9 that sexually explicit images have crept into every facet of American media, including advertising and marketing. This “ambient pornography,” Mohler wrote, confronts viewers even in settings traditionally considered safe, like shopping malls and on primetime television.

Just how far the industry is reaching into new technologies is not yet known, but according to Juniper Research, users in the United States and Western Europe will have access to the greatest amount of adult content in the future and likely will spend the greatest amount of money on it – a continuous annual growth rate of 25 percent.

“The total number of users of adult mobile content … will reach almost a quarter of a billion users in 2017, at 243 million users. This is attributable to an emphasis on high-definition, niche-centric product, as well as the flourishing availability of mobile-optimized free content. Although the user base is spread globally, Juniper has found that revenues are likely to be concentrated in the US and Western Europe throughout the forecast period,” the Juniper study predicted.

 

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