Age 39 – Sex with my wife much more enjoyable, treat people better, no longer suicidal

Married for 15 years with two kids. Been fighting this for 17 years. A year ago I was near ending everything. I'm a firefighter so I struggle with sleep deprivation. When I'm up at work at night the next day EVERYTHING sucks. There were days that I was PMOing 4 or 5 times a day. I could not stop, even though I've been trying to for 17 years.

Early 20s – I act normally/healthily around women now

At first I just wanted to get my head cleared up and focus on self-improvement. So I went for a three month. I strongly believe I'll just keep going, I'm quite disgusted by pornography these days. I once had a streak much longer than this but I'll beat it for sure. Feels good man.

Age 31 – Harder erections, decreased anxiety, I bottomed out on "PornHubLive"

I’m 31. Benefits include increased confidence, harder erections, decreased anxiety, better sleep, stronger self discipline. I’m really proud of myself. I just wish I felt like I could tell my friends what I have achieved.

How to recognize biased articles: They cite Prause et al., 2015 (falsely claiming it debunks porn addiction), while omitting over 35 neurological studies supporting porn addiction

A number of articles and interviews have attempted to pushback at the TIME article ("Porn and the Threat to Virility") and the Utah resolution declaring internet porn a public health problem (one example). What might be a few "dead giveaways" that such an article is nothing more than a propaganda piece?

  1. Psychologists David Ley and/or Nicole Prause are cited as "the experts," while actual top addiction neuroscientists, who have published highly respected studies on porn users (Voon, Kraus, Potenza, Brand, Laier, Hajela, Kuhn, Gallinat, Klucken, Seok, Sohn, Gola, Banca, etc.), are omitted. Neither Ley nor Prause are affiliated with any university, yet some journalists, perhaps influenced by Prause's potent media services, mysteriously prefer both over the top neuroscientists at Yale University, Cambridge University, University of Duisburg-Essen, and the Max Planck Institute. Go figure.
  2. The articles tend to cite Prause's lone, anomalous 2015 brainwave (EEG) study as proof that porn addiction doesn't exist, while simultaneously omitting 36 neurological studies and 13 recent reviews of the literature: Current list of brain studies on porn users/sex addicts. (a few articles cite Prause's 2013 EEG study, which, in fact, lends support to the porn addiction model and porn-induced sexual conditioning)
  3. The articles omit the 19 studies pointing to escalation & habituation in porn users (and even withdrawal symptoms).
  4. The articles omit 25 studies linking porn use to sexual problems and lower arousal to sexual stimuli (the first 5 studies in the list demonstrate causation, as participants eliminated porn use and healed chronic sexual dysfunctions).
  5. The articles omit over 55 studies linking porn use to less sexual satisfaction and poorer intimate relationships.
  6. The articles omit over 40 studies link porn use to poorer mental-emotional health & poorer cognitive outcomes.
  7. The articles omit over 25 studies linking porn use to "un-egalitarian attitudes" toward women
  8. The articles omit the many studies on adolescents, which report that porn use is related to such factors as poorer academics, more sexist attitudes, more aggression, poorer health, poorer relationships, lower life satisfaction, viewing people as objects, increased sexual risk taking, less condom use, greater sexual violence, unexplained anxiety, greater sexual coercion, less sexual satisfaction, lower libido, greater permissive attitudes, and a whole lot more.
  9. The articles falsely claim that porn addicts simply have a high libido, even though 24 studies have falsified this often repeated meme.
  10. In classic "astroturfing-style," the articles engage in ad hominem attacks on those with opposing views (such as libelous claims of nonexistent "restraining-orders," "stalking," and religious and profit motives), without supplying objective proof of such claims.

Age 19 - +90 days - Life changing

-A LOT more social, I can talk to whoever I want about anything. -IDGAF attitude -More spiritual (daily meditation has helped a lot, I now have Bruce Lee things on my room, lol) -Increased energy, been working out a lot -I can talk with girls without being anxious

100 days - Feeling normal like a man now.

I had one hookup and one dating (which led to hookup too). They came naturally and there is no ego boost whatsoever but the feeling at the moment was good. You don't need sex to ride the first 100 days for sure because they come and go.

Age 21 - People treat me differently, have a lot of success with girls

Life is amazing. Too short to be lived by fapping. I’m not just alive anymore, I am living. I have found my identity and I wish you all can find yours. Cheers brothers.

Age 25 - Mental fog is gone. Increased concentration. The biggest benefit is proper eye contact while having a conversation with the opposite sex

Before The NoFap: Can't take clear decisions because my mind was not ready to present me the clear data and logics .there was always a mental fog .my mind made excuses procrastination and I just followed. I was a slave of my mind and mood. No debugging of thoughts, i.e I didn't question my thoughts 90 of them were negative.

Overwhelmed by the joy I get from doing the simplest things for myself and with others

It seems like the last 10 days since I last wrote a post has flown by but the goal has been achieved and I can honestly say it has worked. The quick run down of what has been achieved.

This Is Your Brain On Porn (Inside the Rift)

"Right now, many young guys believe their porn use has no consequences, and they are often distressed to find that when they connect with partners they aren’t aroused. They are dependent upon porn for arousal. Some are justifiably furious when they realize that their sexual health has been put at risk in order to increase ad revenue on porn sites." -Gary Wilson

"How did you change so suddenly?"

So last night, I was invited to a Halloween party from some old classmates in highschool. Take note that these people aren't my main homies or friends, we were simply friends. I was even surprised I got invited to such an event. So a little bit later in the party, they decided to play "Truth or Drink".

Age 34 - I've woken up from a very long slumber

Nineteen years ago, I first began wending down the tortuous spiral of self-harm of PMO, a willing prisoner to the shackles of addiction. It was from within this cage that I lost my virginity, went through three long-term relationships, matured sexually, and developed my adult personality. I have never known myself as an adult in a context free from PMO.

Age 23 - After 4 years, I'm at 123 days

To the guys that keep on relapsing again and again, I used to be you. I went on two whole years trying noFap and the biggest streak I've had in those two years was 6 days. The only thig that counts is that you don't give up. DON'T FUCKING GIVE UP.

NoFap definitely gets the girls' attention

The streak I have now started when I started the new school year and honestly, it has been great. I talk to more people naturally, people talk to me more, I can stand in place without fidgeting or look at my phone, I would say girls look at me more but I haven't really bothered to note every instance where this checked out, but they have definitely been talking to me more than I'm normally comfortable with.

Age 25 - Nofap makes picking up women easier, but I do it for the increased self-worth and other benefits

Stumbled across Nofap a few years ago after watching a Ted Talk on how unhealthy pornography is on the mind. Looked through the posts and ended up being enticed by the so called "superpowers"as I really wasn't getting laid back then. I tried for a few days, relapsed, tried for a week or so relapsed but then I managed to hold a 30+ day streak, during this time weird shit started happening!

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