Start here for an overview of concepts & science

This article is a short synopsis of some key concepts. For the science behind it, please follow all the links. Some links go to our articles, which in turn link to studies. For a more in-depth understanding, watch Adolescent Brain Meets Highspeed Internet Porn and Your Brain on Porn and read the articles listed at the bottom of this article. For porn-induced ED watch Erectile Dysfunction & Porn. For specific content explore Porn FAQs.


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.

Cambridge University: Brain scans find porn addiction

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

Cambridge University scientists reveal changes in brain for compulsive porn users which don't occur in those with no such habit

Gary's TEDx talk - "The Great Porn Experiment"

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Addiction Research and Articles About Research

DSM manualsUnderstanding Internet porn addiction means understanding addiction mechanisms. All addictions hijack the same core neurocircuitry, which runs on the same neurochemicals (even though each addiction also involves additional neural circuits and neurochemicals that differ between addictions).

Age 23 - Confidence way up, more caring & empathetic, women are more beautiful

young guyI visit this subreddit daily to keep me motivated. Now I want to share my NoFap-experiences with you, to contribute to this awesome community.

Age 29 - The Monster in The Closet

Hi to all NoFappers, this is not going to be the usual sharing of experience. There is enough information on what happens when you watch porn and how it feels when you try to cease that practice. In short my story with porn is about 13 years old (29 years of age at the moment) 2 years of which had been spent in fighting with it.

Age 21 - I feel positive and grounded and clean, relaxed, confident, creative, motivated and powerful

Young guyI am almost 22 years old now. From 18 until well into my 20th year I was very depressed, had very little energy, awful social anxiety, asked zero girls out and had zero motivation; I was lost.

106 days - High confidence & energy, Making eye contact with everybody, even animals

young guyMan, it used to seem as if I was never able to get NoFap off of my mind. When I finally got NoFap off of my mind, it kinda stayed off of my mind. I almost forgot about my account here. I haven't been on here since somewhere around day 70. But since I've been holding this same load since last December, I'll share with you my "change".

Looking at porn on the internet could ruin your sex life, urologist says (Harry Fisch, MD)

Hey, Alanis Morissette. This actually IS ironic. Probably. Scientists have discovered that the more online porn you consume, the less you want the real thing.

Sexual health expert Dr Harry Fisch reveals in his latest book The New Naked that, ahem, actively enjoying porn can cause sexual dysfunction – meaning you are less able to get it on for real.


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