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about sharing This article contains adult themes My record is 13 months without masturbating.
I first started thinking about the effect watching porn was having on me when I was Like the rest of my generation, I grew up being able to watch porn on demand. By my late teens, it had got to the point where if I was alone in my room it was only a masturbatioh of time before I ended up watching porn.
I started to worry that I was addicted. None of my relationships had developed into anything serious and I was pretty clueless about sex.
Staying home and masturbating seemed the safest way of avoiding a knockback. I would spend nights lying awake worrying about the effect porn was having on my life. One day, just after my 20th birthday, I decided to stop.
The idea is part of an ancient belief system called 'Kundalini'. I was too embarrassed to ask my mum about it, but I decided to find out matsurbation.
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So I was disappointed when I only managed a month. I decided to set myself more realistic goals after that. I first heard about it in a Ted Talk about the impact of internet porn on the brain. It compared the effects of watching masturbxtion to taking hard drugs, and also linked excessive porn use to a rise in the of young men suffering erectile dysfunction.
Discovering this whole online subculture of people like me was a relief. The NoFap movement was born in when Reddit user Alexander Rhodes started a thread about the benefits of not masturbating, which went viral. The thread now has overmembers, or 'fapstronaunts', as they call themselves.
Alexander also created a website where people share their experiences of living a porn-free life. Lots of people believe NoFap has cured them of porn-induced erectile dysfunction. For me, NoFapping makes me feel confident, clear-headed, and motivated.
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It helps me relax and talk to girls because I know I have my libido under control. The first week is always the hardest - everything reminds you of sex.
Each time I break, I feel shit for a few days after. I used to beat myself up for failing, for being weak and lacking discipline.
I gave up masturbation for a year
It can take a few days for my mood to settle and then I start again. My recent year of NoFap came to an end due to work stress. It was a moment of weakness. Giving up for that long had really helped me focus on my work, though.
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These days, I can spend hours alone in masturnation room on my computer and not get tempted to masturbate. My long-term goal? To stop masturbating for good.
As told to Luke Chilton This article was first published on 24 March :.