Downloads of internet porn hit record high

More and more people are downloading porn from the Internet a survey has revealed.

The survey conducted for the Independent on Sunday Newspaper by analysts Nielsen NetRatings found that more than nine million men - almost 40 per cent of the male population - used pornographic websites last year, compared with an estimated 2 million in 2000.

However its not just men who have been surfing for some action, the number of women downloading internet porn soared 30 per cent to 1.4 million.

The figures also show that more than half of all children - some 7 million - have encountered pornography on the Internet "while looking for something else".

The survey also found that one in four men aged 25 to 49 have visited an adult website in the past month - a total of 2.5 million.

The newspaper claims that relationship agencies have reported that as many as 40 per cent of couples with problems believe pornography has contributed to their difficulties.

Finally randy British internet surfers look up the word "porn" more than anyone in the English-speaking world.

independent.co.uk