The thought of quitting porn never crossed my mind until I stumbled across websites that mentioned the NoFap ® community. These are internet communities of men who abstain from masturbation and pornography. At first, I thought they were somewhat strange but then I realized exactly what they were talking about.
These NoFap ® websites are becoming more popular as the days go on. A few years ago there weren’t many people who knew about it. Now I truly believe they are mainstream.
Remember that masturbation alone usually isn’t the issue, some men don’t experience any negative side effects from masturbating without porn.
Excessive porn use is the real problem here.
Regardless, most men actually benefit from quitting both pornography and masturbation altogether.
I normally write about Fitness and Self Improvement, but I believe this is a very important topic for today’s men of all ages.
I’ve quit watching pornography and have seen a ton of benefits.
I didn’t believe the hype at first either, but here are the 15 benefits I have experienced and countless other men have reported.
15 Benefits of Quitting Pornography
1. Increased Testosterone.
According to one study, your testosterone levels rise (145.7% from baseline) after 7 days of abstinence. This is only one study, so it’s possible if more studies were done that we might see the higher testosterone becoming your new baseline level for longer periods of time. A few guys have had bloodwork done while abstaining and they reported test levels much higher than before.
I had to test this for myself and finally had bloodwork done (July,2015) on my 11th Day of No Porn or Masturbation.
My testosterone levels were measured at 819 ng/dl, compared to a blood test a year ago where they were 535 ng/dl. That’s a pretty significant increase, but I was also eating healthier and training harder in the gym. So it could be due to either factor.
2. You’re no longer a Slave to watching porn everyday.
Many guys have a daily routine that includes them masturbating multiple times. A lot of these guys are actually addicted to pornography and don’t even realize it.
You might get urges to watch porn here and there when you’re first starting to quit. Eventually though, you won’t feel the urge to watch it all the time.
If you had a serious addiction you will feel great when you no longer feel like opening your laptop and rubbing one out everyday.
3. Increased Motivation.
Almost everyone who has quit porn or masturbation has reported a general increase in motivation.
This could be due to a number of factors, but I definitely noticed this too.
I felt like I could accomplish anything I set my mind too and I was happy with the journey I was taking. The further I got away from porn, the harder I worked on my goals.
4. Decreased Social Anxiety and Increased Social Skills.
This is one of the most common things that men report after quitting pornography/masturbation. Maybe this is caused by your brain rewiring and not getting so much dopamine released from porn use.
Now in everyday life, guys experience less anxiety and behave in a prosocial manner. I’ve seen countless posts on Reddit/r/NoFap, of young men saying they had severe social anxiety before. After they quit porn it almost made their anxiety completely vanish. If you don’t think that’s true, go check it out yourself.
Keep in mind, to get better at socializing you need to socialize.
Quitting porn/masturbation can give you the drive to put yourself out there and do just that.
5. Increased Confidence.
You no longer feel nervous and you begin to feel confident in yourself. As the days pass by, you gain the ability to really believe in yourself.
Masturbating drains you of energy that you can use to talk to people. (I know that sounds weird, but it’s real).
Would you rather spend your time and energy on a porn video or spend them on something worthwhile?
I also experienced great confidence boosts during periods of abstinence. They are absolutely great when you’re at a bar meeting new girls. I felt like I was good enough to talk to anybody.
6. You’ll have more time in the day to do other things.
Now that you don’t spend 3 hours a day watching porn, you can use that time to improve yourself or work on something you care about.
Many guys spend countless hours searching for “just the right video” to get off and that can really burn through some time. Instead of jerking off you could hit the gym, hang out with friends, work on your hobbies, etc.
Now that I’ve quit porn, I have more time to work on so many things in my life. It’s truly a game changer.
7. Increased Sex Drive.
This is fairly straightforward.
If you don’t masturbate, your sex drive will go through the roof. I’ve experienced this and so have many others. You’ll even get stronger erections when you’re with a real woman.
Before quitting porn, I would see an attractive woman walking down the street and not really care that much. I didn’t have a very strong urge to actually talk to the woman in question. Now I feel like a real man again and get turned on just by seeing a beautiful woman in my vicinity.
Your body will crave a release and you can use that new passion to talk to women instead.
8. Your attraction to real people will be much greater.
Instead of satisfying your urges with women on a screen, you’ll find pleasure in actually meeting real women face to face (like I said in #7).
Many guys report feeling a strong connection with people that they didn’t really notice or care about before.
They start to appreciate the friends they have and the people around them. Many of them built stronger connections to family and friends than they’ve ever had before.
9. Your sexual tastes will not change into crazy fetishes (if they haven’t already).
As you’ve probably experienced, regular porn tends to get boring. People move on to more hardcore videos and scenes. Some people might go from watching two girls kissing, to now watching beastiality and rape scenes.
I’ve read posts on NoFap where guys went from normally watching straight porn to watching transexual and gay porn.
If that isn’t a reason enough to stop I don’t know what is. Of course I’m not against homosexuality, but for a straight person to watch that is not exactly normal.
If you keep it up, you might end up only being able to orgasm to that specific fetish. I’ve heard of many straight women nowadays that watch lesbian genres, so it really goes both ways. There was a gay man who posted on /r/NoFap who said his porn addiction led him to watching only women instead of men, even though he wasn’t attracted to women in real life.
This shows us that pornography can really change your sexual tastes. After he quit porn, his original sexual preference returned.
10. You might get a deeper voice, according to many personal reports.
Maybe this is due to increased testosterone or increased confidence, but I’ve experienced this too. After I watch porn I feel weak and less assertive, but on long streaks of not masturbating I feel the opposite way.
I feel aggressive, assertive and grounded. Deeper voices command the attention of the room.
11. You’ll actually start flirting with women
This is similar to #8, you no longer have the chance to get a release from masturbating so now you need to find an actual person to do that. Many guys feel intensely motivated to chase after women because they realize this. Sexual energy is very strong and if you stop yourself from jerking off, you can use that drive/energy to go after the woman of your dreams.
Before quitting porn, a lot of guys said they never had the balls to talk to girls. They claimed that they were simply too nervous or just not motivated to do it.
Quitting porn can be a great tool to force yourself to get out there. Many guys end up getting their first real relationship after quitting porngraphy and that is amazing.
12. Curing Erectile Dysfunction or Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction (PIED).
If you haven’t heard of it, “PIED” is something scientists are starting to recognize. More and more young guys are reporting erectile problems than any other time in human history. Guys in their teens and twenties (in their sexual prime), can no longer achieve erections.
The one variable that changed everything…was high-speed internet porn.
Years ago, men would jerk off to playboy magazines, but today’s children now have access to hardcore videos at anytime on their phones and laptops. Their brains are exposed to things they never would have imagined without porn. When it comes time to have sex with a real person they fail miserably.
A quote from a YBOP article:
“If we compare recent research to earlier studies, young men today are experiencing anywhere from a 600% to 1500% increase in ED since the advent of the internet.”
To cure PIED or to prevent it, you need to stop watching porn (plain and simple). There isn’t a specific timetable to get over erectile dysfunction, but be assured that with some effort it can definitely happen.
13. You’ll have more energy.
I experienced a large increase in energy throughout the day. I would wake up in the morning feeling horny and alert, often sleeping less than normal.
Even though I slept less overall, I actually felt better.
Later in the day, I didn’t feel that afternoon grogginess that a lot of people experience. I used this energy to work on other avenues in my life.
14. You’ll get more looks from women. (according to many guys)
I’ve noticed this phenomenon as well and I honestly can’t pinpoint exactly why this happens. Some guys claim that it must have to do with pheromones. Women apparently are more sensitive to the smell of a man and can pick up on it somehow.
I don’t believe that is the explanation but anything is possible. I think it might have to do with the fact that many guys start to take care of themselves more.
They start to dress nicer, groom themselves and workout, which of course will attract more women. Additionally, they might walk with better posture and more confidence which contributes to the new looks they get from women passing by.
Having confident and manly body language will make women turn their heads towards you.
15. You’ll be able to hold strong eye contact.
Maybe this is due to the decrease in social anxiety and your increase in confidence.
Or maybe you’re so damn horny that you stare down every reasonably attractive woman you see.
Regardless, many people with social anxiety have problems looking people in the eyes.
I never did, but I did notice after quitting porn that I felt a strong need to look everyone in the eyes. It was strange at first, I could glance at a beautiful woman across the room and hold eye contact like a boss. Some chumps claim “it’s creepy to stare at a woman.” The last time I checked, that’s how you see if she’s interested.
If she holds eye contact and smiles there is your green light.
To Wrap Things Up
Some of these benefits might seem like they’re too good to be true, but they’re not.
Keep in mind, you don’t get these benefits from only a few days of not touching yourself.
Most men notice changes in about a week and major changes 3-4 weeks and beyond.
You’re not going to die if you miss out on watching your favorite porn scene.
All that you need to survive is food, water and rest; pornography is not one of your life essentials. (if that isn’t obvious)
Give it a shot, you cannot truly refute these claims unless you’ve tried it for yourself.
I didn’t know if quitting porn would “work” myself, but I can honestly say that I experienced all of the benefits above, excluding the PIED because I never had it.
Many men who have porn addictions also struggle with anxiety or depression.
If you need a support forum or group you should check out the large and growing community of Reddit/r/NoFap. Or check out another good website YourBrainOnPorn which includes a lot more information on beating pornography addiction.
Or check out my newer post, 5 Tips to Quit Internet Porn.
Don’t limit yourself only to giving up porn. Challenge yourself to become better in other areas of life.
Self-Improvement isn’t just about quitting pornography.
Share the article if it helped you decide to quit, it may truly help someone else.