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Brain Studies on Porn Users

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 22 studies are consistent with 130+ 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:

Start here for a brief overview of concepts & science

This article is a short synopsis of some key concepts. For the science behind it, please follow all the links and read this page. Some links go to our articles, which in turn link to studies. For a more in-depth understanding and further evidence see The Research Page. For specific content explore Porn FAQs.

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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.

This is called the Coolidge effect—the automatic response to novel mates. Interestingly, men ejaculate more motile sperm and they do it more quickly when they view a novel porn star. This powerful automatic response to erotic novelty is what started you down the road to getting hooked on internet porn.

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

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Orgasmed for the first time in my life without having to masturbate

Last night I orgasmed for the first time in my life without having to masturbate. I hadn't M for 38 days, it felt amazing, I think my wife was also pleased that she was able to get me off. This was A goal of mine. For 20 or so years I've been fapping this never happened with any partners. I was worried that even after going an extended amount of time, I would be too damaged, it's at least for me a sign of progress.

It's really worth it! Lots of women suddenly starting to talk to me

I started the journey the same days as i found this community, i started reading alot of these great post about success and i felt like i have to do this. So i said fuck it, im trying, deleted all my porn on my phone and computer - and that was a huge fucking collection that i had collected over 7 years !

Age 32 - PIED: 90 Day Report: From Sex, to Love, to Self-Love

First off, I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the journey to 90 days. Without the support and encouragement from you guys on this board I would not have hit the big 9-0. Furthermore, I want to emphasize that it took me over a year of streaks and relapse to reach this goal. So for those of you who are struggling, you must hang in there.

Age 20 - Old self: Emotions felt completely dull & empty. It never crossed my mind to think of women in a genuine manner.

90 days of hardcore Nofap. To be honest I think making this post is a lot harder than I had planned so I'm just going to speak out my mind. Background Info: 20 yr old, Virgin, Never had a gf. Before nofap I was a constant porn user. I would even go as far as saying that I was an addict. Everyday at least 2 hours was spent PMOing and I was completely oblivious so what I was doing to myself.

Age 26 - PIED: My story on how nofap changed my life

I'll try to keep it short but it probably won't be. My whole life until now at 26 I had been getting it so wrong.

I found porn when I was 13 years old and it was my first sexual experience, I also started fairly hard as my first orgasm came to bukkake porn.

At this stage I was already hooked, and it would stay this way for over 10 years. The problems from this were huge but I didn't make the connection until about 6 months ago.