Giving up masturbating gives man 'superpowers'

A MAN who quit masturbating for two and a half years says the experience gave him what members of his support group describe as "superpowers".

The man who is part of a Reddit forum where users discuss how they gave up masturbating and in many cases beat addictions to pornography said he has gone two and a half years without what forum members refer to as "fapping".

"I started NoFap almost two and a half years ago," the user Brohit posted.  

"After constantly relapsing for 4 months, I gathered the will to go full cold turkey.

"I can't tell you what exactly I did it and why it worked.

"That's up to you to figure out what works for you and what doesn't.

"And also there are way too many wonderful posts here that give some great tips and tricks on how to deal with urges. My post won't come anywhere close to that.

"Instead I'm going to talk about what exactly I learned about human personality and will power over the course of last year."

The man went on to reflect on the positives that had come from stopping. 

"Once I quit fapping, my mind did feel a lot clear(er) and I was at peace more often.

"Yes I was able to feel all those things you call 'superpowers' too - sudden increase in confidence, laser sharp focus, more attention from women, easier to find sex, energy boosts, etc.

"However, I don't like to refer to them as 'superpowers' - how do we know these superpowers aren't just normal human tendencies?"

And he said despite reaping the rewards of beating his previous addiction new ones had sprung up. 

"Ever since I started NoFap, I've realized that I have way too many other addictions and obsessions," Brohit wrote.  

"These addictions aren't anything severe or serious. But the more I try to avoid them, the more my confidence is shaken apart.

"I check my phone every few minutes to see if that cute girl I texted has replied to my texts/ snaps. I go on tinder so frequently to see if I can find my one true soulmate (or maybe just get laid soon).

"Having meaningless sex with a new girl every time. How's any of this different from masturbating?"

However he ends by saying beating his urge to "jerk off" means he will be better equipped to overcome other addictions in the future. 

An article published by the Australian Psychological Society and written by Associate Professor David Smith from RMIT said while there is little evidence excessive viewing of pornography causes sex offending it can lead to other problems. 

"At an individual level, pornography addiction, including 'cyber porn addiction' is one of the most notorious problems associated with pornography use, with approximately 10% of adults accessing Internet pornography admitting to Internet sex addiction," the article read. 

Smith went on to state that while pornography addiction is not formally recognised as a diagnosable mental illness it shares many characteristics with substance abuse. 

"In the extreme, for some individuals sexual arousal and performance becomes dependent on the use of pornography, and a preference for cyber sex over partnered sex develops," Smith wrote.

"Similarly, in the workplace, if the urge or drive to view pornography becomes overwhelming and the individual accesses or engages with it at work despite workplace rules to the contrary, this is likely to impact on work performance and have potential negative consequences if discovered."

However despite people presenting for treatment Smith noted little research had gone into ways to address the issue. 



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