If you’ve been reading Andreia Thoughts for awhile, you’ve likely come across these hit articles about why porn is terrible for men:
- 6 elite strategies to quit porn
- Terry Crew’s dirty little porn secret
- 20 questions to ask yourself about porn
- 3 things mentally weak people do
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What we haven’t talked about yet are steadfast reasons to quit looking at porn. If masturbation feels good, and life is about maximizing happiness, then why stop?
There is a big difference between satisfaction and pleasure.
Pleasure is short term, and lasts for only a few moments. The reward is like a storm. It comes through your world, powerful, and inspiring awe, then is gone, leaving behind only destruction. This is what porn does. A faux reward that doesn’t last. TV is the exact same.
Satisfaction is what you must aim for.
Satisfaction is everlasting. It will never leave you. It will be what you are remembered for when you die. Do you want people to remember you for your eclectic pornography taste? Or that one time you climbed Mount Everest without a guide? Reach for something bigger and better than yourself. Aim for something more.
- accomplishing goals. Like quitting porn.
- Learning new skills.
- Facing your fears.
- destroying challenges.
Quitting pornography is one of the most satisfying challenges I’ve ever completed. It has changed my life more than almost any other habit I’ve attempted to change. The benefits are numerous, below are some of the best ones that I have witnessed. One of my favorite lists of benefits another found can be read here. Below is the list, many of these you’ll likely see in your own misadventure.
1. Stronger In The Gym
Since I quit masturbation, I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in performance in the gym. Not only weightlifting, but mixed martial arts as well. Some say that nofap increases your testosterone, some say that’s false. What I do know is a dramatic increase in aggression, strength, and durability for myself.
When I’m lifting I have to set a timer for an hour. If I don’t I can easily spend more than three hours in the gym training. It’s like your body takes your sexual energy and unloads it in the gym rather than in a sock. The feeling is wonderful and hard to explain. The connection between muscle, and mind feels like a dance. Perfectly choreographed and smooth.
The first week of quitting masturbation I almost lost my mind. I was too aggressive, the gym saved me from myself, and saved others from me as well. I wanted more weight, more sets. Training has been one of my best assets in cutting away urges like a knife through hot butter. You don’t even need a gym to become shredded.
While it’s fantastic to have this increase in energy, there are downfalls too. This will be covered at the bottom of the post. More on the negatives of Nofap soon.
Addendum: Posture will increase significantly from nofap as well. You’ll stand up straighter, and behave in a more dominant manner. Chest out, chin up. The more your neck is exposed the more confident you are. This is an animal instinct we do unconsciously. Almost an invitation to attack your most vulnerable region.
2. Better In Bed
say goodbye to boring sex. what humans crave is variety, so porn every day will make sex boring to you. Not only is sex better, You will last longer. Masturbation trains you to orgasm as quickly as possible. Quitting masturbation will surely increase your longevity in bed.
In addition to this you’ll be able to go for multiple sessions. You’ll be at a full tank, instead of constantly running at a quarter.
Beyond that you’ll turn into an animal. The aggression will be turned up dramatically. Porn disconnects you from what sex is and how fun it can be. Your partner will notice as well. When you watch porn you take a backseat to sex. Instead of taking control your pleasure is being controlled by another man. This makes you weaker. This makes you less dominant and attractive in the bedroom.
3. Zero Anxiety & Depression
Testosterone is the life blood of man. With low testosterone men become depressed, anxious, and afraid of their own shadows. Not enough study has been done on the affect of masturbation and testosterone. Primarily because scientists were unable to find any subjects who didn’t look at porn.
You also don’t need studies to tell you how to live. You can be your own researcher, and experiment with your own body. Try quitting porn for a week. You’ll see increased conversation skills and engagement. With higher testosterone, you believe no one can hurt you. Your confidence is through the roof.
Testosterone is produced in the testicles. This is also where semen is stored. It may be too simple to say, but shooting loads would reduce testosterone. Your emptying your testosterone storage facilities. This is of course in the simplest of explanations and may prove to be completely inaccurate. This is also why you need to try everything and find what works for you. Attachments will cause you the most pain in life.
Social Anxiety has completely disappeared as well. There is no line you won’t cross, nothing you fear. Often times for my own entertainment I’ll ask for discounts at Starbucks. My phone bill is discounted nearly every year as the same is with cable. I don’t care anymore about what people think about me. I take what I want. I demand what I need. You will experience the same thing.
4. Shy Bladder Cure
My friend, we’ll call him Jason could never use a public bathroom. He was embarrassed he could never saddle up to a urinal and drop trouser. I told him it’s because he doesn’t have enough control over his unit because of porn. I told him if he stopped looking at porn, he’d be able to do anything.
The term for this is Paruesis. A phobia of urinating when someone is nearby you. Whatever you think it may be from, all of it comes back to confidence. Confidence will change your entire world. Anything you can do to receive more confidence, you must. Porn is one of them.
So he did it, he quit looking at porn and it changed his life. He can also use whatever bathroom he likes. Since masturbation is linked to testosterone and low testosterone reduces confidence, this could very well be the cause of shy bladder on it’s own.
5. More Risk Tolerant
Testosterone is what makes a man take risks. So having more of it undoubtedly will make you want to do more dangerous activities. You’ll get bored easier, and wander the world with a thirst for challenge and new fears to conquer.
Remember those dangerous times and troubled youth years? Testosterone is the reason for this high level of risk taking. You can get back to that level of excitement by increasing your testosterone. The charge is better than the release.
When you quit looking at porn danger becomes a new hobby for you. Instead of numbing yourself to the world, you grab the world by the balls and make it yours.
6. Massive Sleep Improvements
Since quitting porn I’ve noticed a massive increase in sleep quality. Not only do I sleep better, but I need much less sleep to function and feel great. When you quit looking at porn you’ll be able to fall asleep much better as well. Since often times anxiety will keep you awake and anxiety is a factor of low testosterone. For every additional hour of sleep, testosterone increases.
When laying in bed you’ll realize there is too much to accomplish. You need to fall asleep fast so you can accomplish more tomorrow, have more time to fight, more time to work on your life’s work. Work becomes everything. You’re no longer interested in Netflix.
7. Increased Pain Tolerance
With an increase in testosterone you receive a great increase in your toughness as well. I have full tattoo sleeves. Some before, some after quitting pornography. Now that I don’t look at porn, it’s almost like pain doesn’t exist. When you quit looking at porn you feel immune to pain. You’ll feel like it doesn’t exist.
Pain is one part, temperature tolerance is the other. When you quit looking at porn, you can handle freezing cold water, and hot objects much better. You’ll be able to handle the benefits of freezing showers much better. It feels like your skin becomes a layer of armor to protect you from nearly anything. You’ll no longer be screaming “Ouch!” like a child when something gives you a little sting.
8. Mental Sharpness & Memory
Memory will improve dramatically after you quit looking at pornography. This is one of the reasons many people begin on nofap. They remember a time when they were younger, and could recall information much better. Some even believe that memory loss when you grow older is due to porn. When they stop masturbating, memories seem to flood back into their minds.
Another source shows the same: Porn negatively affects memory and concentration. This blog your brain on porn has an excellent book that compiles all of the best information on porn without the religious undertones. Buy your brain on porn here.
The Negatives of NOFAP
Quitting masturbation is not perfect. It’s not easy either. The hardest part is what’s called a flatline. It’s the equivalent of a heroine addict going through a relapse. For a short while you feel depressed, lonely, empty, and without any feeling. This is your mind resetting itself. Nothing is worse than the flatline. Below are a few other points to consider. Regardless of the negatives, quitting porn is one of the greatest challenges you can accomplish.
When you quit looking at porn, your body begins to regulate it’self. You will have a wet dream occasionally if you aren’t having consistent sex. When you quit porn you will have more sex though. This is because you’ll no longer fear women or approaching them. Rejection is non-existent when you are porn free.
Wet dreams will be something you have to put some thought into. Frequency seems to be on average once every two weeks or so as reported. Deal with them as you see fit.
With your buildup in testosterone you’ll have a much more aggressive persona. In other circumstances where someone may bump you, call you a name, or check you, you could walk away. Now after you quit porn, you’ll have a much harder time walking away from a bully. You’ll want to fight. When you have high testosterone nothing is more exciting than testing yourself against another.
An Andreia Thoughts reader, Yup, left a comment detailing the same findings from this post, and cited them with critical studies.
There is a Lab study done on Rats, that showed that Androgen Receptors in the Brain shutdown, and Estrogen Receptors in the Brain become more active, following frequent ejaculation (mating) of the Male Rat. It could explain why habitual Fap causes anxiety and depression and Lack of Confidence, because the over active Estrogen Receptors are perhaps promoting more feminine qualities to be experienced in the Mind (the Androgen Receptors reactivate with abstinence, the effect is not permanent). Everything this article says rings True. The confidence levels, The increased energy, The Aggression (big aggression)…with time, the aggression becomes totally manageable, at first as the article explains, it can be hard to manage, but as time goes on, you figure it out, and master it, I can be cool as a cucumber and easily control the aggression now, but when I need the aggression I can call upon it at any given time, at first though, it took some getting used to, and I definitely would rage over stupid stuff. I thank God for where I’m at with it now, it was a lot of time and energy wasted in front of a computer screen, and a lot of anxiety and depression experienced as well.
Studies on Human & Rat affects from orgasm.
- Increased estrogen receptor alpha immunoreactivity in the forebrain of sexually satiated rats.
- Sexual behavior reduces hypothalamic androgen receptor immunoreactivity.
- Pharmacological and physiological aspects of sexual exhaustion in male rats.
- Endocrine response to masturbation-induced orgasm in healthy men following a 3-week sexual abstinence.
- A research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men.
- Testosterone levels in women and men who are single, in long-distance relationships, or same-city relationships.
Thanks for the studies and further information.
This is a negative because of legal consequences. Be careful, more aggression and more fights has a higher chance of landing you in a jail cell. Then you’ll never be able to build your empire. Be sure to use a breathing method to stay grounded. That way you’ll never lose control of yourself.
Sex On The Mind
The first week or so of quitting masturbation, all you’ll be thinking about is sex. It will consume you. Don’t break your will. Like an addict, this is you and your mind fiending for a fix it’s no longer getting. When your struggling you need outlets to channel this energy. Read my tips on the best ways to quit looking at porn.
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