Should watching pornography be illegal?
To start off, what is watching pornography? Pornography refers to a form of creative art, for example a video, books, comic or movie, which incites sexual arousal. People watch pornography as a form of entertainment and to alleviate sexual desire. A lot of people do so. In fact, at every second of everyday it is estimated that there are 28,258 internet users viewing pornographic material. Every second, there are 372 internet users typing in adult search terms into search engines. This amounts to 22,320 users doing so a minute, and 32,140,800 users typing adult search terms into search engines everyday. 32 million. That is more than five times Singapore’s population. This adds up to one simple fact: An extremely large number of people watch pornography, and if watching pornography was banned, it would affect a large number of people in economics, arts and social aspects.
There are several reasons to not illegalise pornography. Firstly, illegalising pornography would harm to economies of many pornography companies and industries. At every second, $3,027.64 is spent on pornography. Do the math, and you will find that everyday, $265,735,296 is spent on pornography. In fact, the revenue of the pornography industry is larger than those of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and Earth Link. Imagine, if watching pornography was made illegal, these pornography companies would lose business, and the money spent on pornography would rapidly decrease. They would collapse, and thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people working for these companies would be out of jobs, and countries would lose a valuable source of income. Making pornography illegal would have a severe economic impact which can have catastrophic consequences. The best thing to do, in this case, is simply nothing