"NoFap: Why A Growing Number Of Males Are Refusing To Masturbate"

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Guy on bed with laptop and sockSubreddit NoFap Movement Takes The World By Storm

You may have wondered why internet porn has become so freely available on the internet these days, if you're a young male with a little bit of spare time on his hands, no pun intended, then it is pretty easy to fall into a dark spiral of daily wankathons in the comfort of your own bedroom.

Sites likes YouPorn, PornHub and Youjizz see millions of hits a day from males looking to feed their needs. To put it in perspective, according to Viewzone here are the figures. 

  • 420,000 pages of pornography on the internet
  • 4,200,000 pornographic websites
  • 68,000,000 search engine queries for porn every day. 

But that shouldn't be a problem right?  Maturation is natural and its actually good for you? Well, in the advent of porn sharing sites, there seems to be a huge problem emerging which is having a devastating effect on men ranging from depression, anxiety and low self esteem.

So we live in internet land, as with the nature of the internet if there is a problem, there is always a solution around the corner, that solution has come in the form of NoFap.  For those of you who are not familiar with NoFap it began with a single post of Reddit in 2011 with the title 'When men don't masturbate for seven days, their testosterone levels increase by 45.7%.   

The comments then became more focused on Reddit users challenging each other on how long they could go without masturbation, resulting in the birth of the NoFap movement and the official NoFap subreddit.

So who is benefiting from NoFap?

According to NoFappers or Fapstronauts, as they prefer to be called, the benefits far outweigh watching porn and maturation or PMO (Porn, Masturbation, Orgasm), these benefits range from increased energy, confidence, improved work performance, improved perception of women and many others. 

Fapstronauts and Reddit users said this: 

Izarst(Reddit User)

I JUST FEEL FUCKING AMAZING. No other way to express it.

T_nyDubs (Reddit user)

Love filling my mind and my heart. Love of myself, love of life. Results in more welcoming, powerful, and confident body language, which people around me absolutely love.

First I thought "well this is a great way to get laid, because I'm like a girl magnet now," but then it just became "whatever... that's not why I do this." Don't get me wrong, I love getting laid, but primary motivation is me and fixing myself in my relationship with the world, not just some part of it.

killajoy714 (Reddit User)

Insane confidence, don't give a f**k about what others think about you, easy to maintain eye contact, more respect from guys, more attention from girls, more strength and endurance in the gym, feel extremely happy and positive, brain is more efficient, less retrieval failure, clearer/brighter face and skin (cold showers and getting some sun), more productive, more energy, increased desire to study and learn, willpower increases significantly, easy to get rid of negative influences, and a deeper voice.

NoFap Isn't actually a new concept: 

So how cannot cracking one off for 250 days really be the trigger for all of the above benefits? The answer might be in understanding the body's energy points or chakras. If you dig a little deeper, NoFap is nothing new, in fact, if you go back into ancient history there where civilisations who understood the concept. An older term, which was highlighted in Napoleon Hill's bestseller 'Think and grow rich', called it 'Sex Transmutation'. 

The theory was, by not releasing your sexual energy through forms of masturbation or sex, the energy would need to find alternative routes to escape the body, resulting in the energy channeling though more productive ways ie work, creative pursuits and relationships. 

It didn't stop there; Nofap was an important form of self control for Greek athletes too. The ancient Greeks decided that sex before a contest was a bad idea, they viewed sperm as a source of masculinity and strength and they decided it was something you needed to win!

Porn and your Brain

Fapstronauts often refer to this website Yourbrainonporn.com which is used as a resource which delves into the relationship between Porn and the human brain.  It suggests the long-term problems that actually harm you and can result in your brain being rewired. A study, which was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry linked the use of pornography to reduced volume in parts of the brain that is linked to rewards and motivation. 

"We found that the volume of the so-called striatum, a brain region that has been associated with the reward processing and motivated behavior was smaller the more pornography consumption the participants reported", lead researcher Simone Kuhn told Reuters.

Conclusion

If you are a hopeless porn user and want to be successful, not depressed and confident, then it seems the odds are pretty much stacked against you. The NoFap movement is actually seeing real-time results with countless YouTube videos from Fapstronauts who have achieved over 90 days without masturbation expressing how good they feel. That coupled with the fact that it's also been tried and tested by ancient civilisations across the globe, it may actually be worth a try.

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