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What happens when you drop a male rat into a cage with a receptive female rat? First, you see a frenzy of copulation. Then, progressively, the male tires of that particular female. Even if she wants more, he has had enough. However, replace the original female with a fresh one, and the male immediately revives and gallantly struggles to fertilize her. You can repeat this process with fresh females until he is completely wiped out.
Reality Check - Regardless of what you may read in some journalistic accounts, multiple studies reveal a link between porn use and sexual performance problems, relationship and sexual dissatisfaction, and reduced brain activation to sexual stimuli.
Let's start with sexual dysfunctions. All studies assessing young male sexuality since 2010 report historic levels of sexual dysfunctions, and startling rates of a new scourge: low libido. Documented in this article.
This page lists all the studies assessing the brain structure and functioning of Internet porn users. To date every study offers support for the porn addiction model. The results of these 24 studies (and upcoming studies) are consistent with 150+ Internet addiction brain studies, many of which also include internet porn use. All support the premise that internet porn use can cause addiction-related brain changes, as do recent neuroscience-based reviews of the literature:
Should Compulsive Sexual Behavior be Considered an Addiction? (2016). Excerpt: "Overlapping features exist between CSB and substance use disorders. Common neurotransmitter systems may contribute to CSB and substance use disorders, and recent neuroimaging studies highlight similarities relating to craving and attentional biases. Similar pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments may be applicable to CSB and substance addictions"
Neurobiological Basis of Hypersexuality (2016). Excerpt: "Taken together, the evidence seems to imply that alterations in the frontal lobe, amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, septum, and brain regions that process reward play a prominent role in the emergence of hypersexuality. Genetic studies and neuropharmacological treatment approaches point at an involvement of the dopaminergic system."
My story Back in January or so I found this subreddit on askreddit where a dude was complaining about his addiction he had. Someone recommended NoFap so me being curious I checked it out and to my surprise there were people like me.
I've been doing NoFap for almost 3 years. It has been very beneficial for me many times but from the very beginning I've been caught in a nofap-binge relapse circle. I always ended my streaks between 30th to 50th day followed by similar binge time.
Short update: I stopped fapping, started working out again, I almost only Drink water and eat healthy for the most part. I stopped smoking cigs and weed two weeks before nofap and take two cold showers a day. Before I had huge problems to cum during sex, I had gained some weight over a couple of weeks and my hair began to thin, so I couldnt style it upwards anymore...
I'm on day 60 here and I wanted to speak a bit on my experience so far. The first thing I can say is that for any guys out there who this was a real problem for, you are going to have to be patient on this journey because I'm still day 60 and I've seen a dramatic shift in my mindset and a lot of benefits, but I feel like there is still a lot more to come.
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