How to Recognize Biased Articles: They Cite Prause et al. 2015 (falsely claiming it debunks porn addiction), While Omitting Over 20 Neurological Studies Supporting Porn Addiction

Several recent 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 recent studies on porn users (Voon, Kraus, Potenza, Brand, Laier, Hajela, Kuhn, Gallinat, etc.), are omitted.
  2. The article cites Prause's lone, anomalous 2015 EEG study as proof porn addiction doesn't exist, while simultaneously omitting over 20 neurological studies and 5 recent reviews of the literature: current list of brain studies on porn users.

Age 17 - See how bad things really are. This is essential.

I have tried the challenge off and on for the past year or so, with essentially no success. Maybe a week tops, then relapse over, and over, and over. Over this past spring break, I decided to try again, like usual. Only 3 days in, I spent an entire afternoon edging, and gave myself a horrific case of blue balls.

Age 40 - Dentist - "Quitting porn should be a cornerstone of treating impotence"

I am 40, dentist from Serbia. I have been heavy internet porn user for last 10 years. Even though I am happily married, and have been very satisfied with my sex life, I've been addicted to porn, because it offered me variety, and I was rather porn addicted than unfaithful. I am sure I am not the only one who was a heavy porn user because of that.

Age 21 - My mind has become very sharp & clear. I've never felt so energetic, I feel like I could take on the world

Who am I? I'm a 21 y/o hardworking student. I major Computer Science and spend 80% of my time in front of my lap top. I started the challenge on January 19th hard mode because well I'm always intimidated by online challenges... or any kind of challenge for that matter. So, I'm not sure how exactly I found out about NoFap, I just know that I saw the challenge somewhere and said 'ok I'm doing this'.

I feel good, not god-like, but a distinct kind of good. I feel Awake.

183 days of improvement. 183 days of production. 183 days of gears moving, wheels spinning, cognitive conveyor belts moving with no sluggish afterthought every relapse. 183 days of living. I didn't do this to get a girl. I didn't do this to get rid of any "anxiety" I've had. I did this because I wanted more time. The hours wasted on PMO are sinkholes that suck you in and spit you out in that same tired, disappointed state EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Porn and the Threat to Virility (TIME Magazine cover story for the April 11, 2016 issue)

The first generation of men who grew up with unlimited online porn sound the alarm

Excerpt: A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim, are literally a downer. Read the full article for only $2.99 online

1 year - Learning how to channel my sexual energy

I occasionally have sex with my girlfriend and have successfully had tantric sex which lead to multiple body orgasms with no ejaculation. Other times I was too caught up in the carnal pleasure of it and accidentally busted a nut (probably twice in the last year). Deep breathing can move sexual energy up the spine if one is not overly concerned with the pleasure seeking aspect.

Age 19 - 700 days sober. Offer of my help to you and my story

From the terrible young age of seven I had my first encounter with pornography. I remember sneaking down early in the morning when everyone was still sleeping, to type in exciting things in google and got to click all these different sites which excited me greatly.

Age 29 - Finally orgasmed from sex after 7 years. This is how I fixed my PIED.

I've had EXTREME PIED (total limp-dick except when I masturbate myself). I haven't been able to have sex without sildenafil for years, which gives me erections but I still can't orgasm from sex. I always finish using my own hand.

Age 19 - PMO made me lazy, more anxious than I should be, and incredibly shy around women

I can't believe I am here, but today is my 90th day PMO free. 4 months ago, I thought something like this happening to me was impossible. January 2016 is when I really dedicated myself to it because it was taking a heavier toll on my life than I initially thought. I wanted to live life PMO free then where I wouldn't be lazy or socially awkward.

Age 22 - Porn-induced ED cured: Do not overthink that your dick is broken.

Heyo!! Exciting news yo, I finally think I've cured myself. It's been about two- two and a half months now since I stopped watching porn. I used to have a counter on my whiteboard in my room, and if I messed up and PMO'd I'd restart that counter.

How Porn Is Messing with Your Manhood (SKEPTIC Magazine - article by Zimbardo and Wilson)

F

inding a needle in a haystack would be easier than finding an adolescent male who hasn’t seen online porn. Surveys indicate the average boy watches roughly two hours of porn every week with porn viewing becoming common by age 15.

The most popular porn site—PornHub—reported that the average Millennial porn session lasts 9 minutes, while the average age young people have sex for the first time is 17 years old. This means the average boy has had about 1,400 porn sessions prior to having real life sex. So why aren’t more people asking what kind of effects porn is having on these young viewers?

Age 23 - I don't need to care about what others think, gains at the gym

Five months of NoFap. Urges come and go. FlatLine now and then. Learned a lot, gained a lot. I've been trying this 2 months shy of a year. Had some major relapse time in the first half a
year. Benefits?

Age 28 - No longer are pixels & fake women interesting to me, I get so much more enjoyment out of real people

So today. I have reached 90 days. What a feeling of achievement. It truly is a wonderful feeling when not to be drawn into the false world of pornography. No longer are pixels and fake women interesting to me,

Age 18 - Asked a girl to the prom

I asked a girl out to prom :) She hugged me so hard it gave me fucking whiplash. Stay strong guys. fuck porn. I don't get nervous as much as I used to! She said I have a deep voice so that was pretty cool.

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