Accountability software, or Internet accountability software is a program that allows Leaders who are influencing people to have a process to help accomplish a goal of doing or not doing something. The software may be used to help other people or yourself. The software is a support tool.
The software can centralize information with who has what goal, what is the current objective, what have they done, and methods to communicate between the leader and person and maybe with others in a group, and other desired information. The software can perform functions
A University of Scranton study published by Dan Diamond in Forbes  found 92% of people did not accomplish their New Year's resolution. "One reason is the person did not have someone to help them such as an accountable partner and there was no software to centralize information."
It is also a type of Internet usage monitoring software marketed by groups opposed to pornography, such as Christian groups in the United States. To try to avoid pornography use, some individuals install accountability software, and filtering software, on their own computers, smartphones, and tablets. Others install such software on their children's computers and devices.
Conservative American states like Utah have more paying pornography subscribers per capita than blue states, and are more likely to self-diagnose as "addicts", and best-selling Christian anti-masturbation books encourage Evangelical men to stop using internet pornography and focus sexual attention on their wives. Sarah Diefendorf, a sociologist at the University of Washington, found that Evangelical men who took an abstinence pledge before marriage "still struggle with issues like excessive pornography viewing, masturbation" when married.
"Internet accountability" is a neologism used to describe a commitment to refrain from using Internet pornography. Accountability software may monitor Internet use on a personal computer, or Internet use by a specific user on a computer. These software applications then generate reports of Internet use viewable by a third party, sometimes called an accountability partner.
"Internet accountability" refers to an accountability system that is provided using the internet using a personal computer, tablet, and/or smartphone.
"Accountable Partner" is a person or business working with someone to help them accomplish a goal.
- Content-control software
- Employee monitoring
- Employee monitoring software
- List of content-control software
- Opposition to pornography
- Parental controls
- Pornography addiction
- Sexaholics Anonymous
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- XXXChurch Pastor and Porn Star Find Some Common Ground at christianpost.com "XXXChurch.com also encourages accountability through its filtering software "X3watch," which sends an email or text message to a person's accountability partner every time he or she visits a questionable website"
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79.3 percent of male undergraduate students at Evangelical colleges reported accessing Internet pornography at some point in the previous year, with 61.1 percent reported accessing Internet pornography at least some amount of time each week
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Conservative Christians also report using pornography at a similar rate to the general population.
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In a similar vein, an enterprising group of evangelicals hit the jackpot with a series of books (replete with accompanying audiotapes, workbooks, and expensive weekend workshops) that gave men guidance on breaking their porn habit and redirecting their sexual desires to their flesh-and-blood spouses. The target audience was enormous. The fact that three million copies of these books were sold within seven years suggests the extent of the emotional pain gripping the American heartland.
- Alice Robb. "Secular Sociologist Studies Evangelical Virgin Men Who Got Married - The New Republic". The New Republic.
- Sarah Diefendorf (9 October 2015). "What happens to men who stay abstinent until marriage?". The Conversation.
- Porn again (World (magazine)) "programs track web browsing and deliver regular e-mail updates to an accountability partner of choice."
- Church Counsels Women Addicted to Pornography at nytimes.com