Men Aren't Paying For Sex Anymore Because the Internet Makes Free Sex Easy

Paying for sex may become a
thing of the past, and the Internet could be the cause. A
nationally representative survey suggests that the percentage of
men who pay money for sex, or get paid, is at its lowest point on

The numbers come from the General Social Survey
(GSS), a massive, decades-long project of the independent National
Opinion Research Center (NORC). The Los Angeles Times

some of the most interesting facts:

In a string of surveys between 1991 and 1996, nearly 17% of men
said they had ever paid for or received payment for sex; that fell
to 13.2% between 2006 and 2012. Last year, that number hit the
lowest point since the question was first asked — 9.1% — though
statisticians caution the unusually small number could be a

The survey drew no distinction between buying and selling sex,
but men are widely assumed to be customers far more often than they
are sellers.

The numbers seem to be shifting with the generations: Older men
are much more likely to say they have bought or sold sex at some
point in their lives. Younger men, in turn, have been less likely
to report doing so than men of the same ages a few decades ago.


The sweeping survey, funded principally by the National Science
Foundation, has questioned more than 57,000 Americans since 1972.
Nearly 11,000 men have answered the question about paying or being
paid for sex since it was first asked in 1991.

The question is: Why? A range of possibilities exist,
from fear of AIDS to changing dynamics in the military. Another
possibility the Times points to is that the Internet makes
it so easy to get off for free.

The scale and
of online dating and the niche-conducive culture of the
web make finding sexual partners easier than ever. As BuzzFeed

points out
, “ugly schmucks,” diaper-fetishists, and even people
with mullets have their own Web sites to find like-minded

For those not into commitment to other people, the Internet’s
endless terabytes of free, instantaneously accessible pornography
satisfies the appetite. As an added bonus, statistics have
shown for years
that there is a correlation between the rise of
porn and the fall of sexual crimes.

Although most Americans have a negative outlook about our
collective moral well-being, as Nick Gillespie
in “Society is Coarser But Better,” the growing
ubiquity of porn (and the relaxing of other taboos) is a pretty
good trade-off for a society in which “youth violence, sex, and
drug use are all trending down.” The GSS data indicates something
even better. Consenting adults do not need to make a trade-off; The
goods they want simply became more freely available.

from Hit & Run

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