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The Benefits of NoFap: How Porn is Destroying Your Brain

Several years ago, nobody knew what nofap was. Today, their community on Reddit has over 300,000 subscribers. So what changed? Did thousands of men suddenly become aware of the benefits of nofap? Did the nofap benefits suddenly become mainstream knowledge? Maybe, but I highly doubt it.

Over the past few years, the “nofap” community has been growing in record proportions. What started off as a select few men has now spiraled into mainstream manosphere consciousness. For anyone who’s unaware, nofap is a very simple lifestyle change. There’s two rules, and two rules only:

  1. No looking at internet porn
  2. No masturbating or touching yourself

That’s it. All of these benefits that men are claiming, from zero social anxiety to increased testosterone levels, supposedly came from their engagement with nofap. Is it all bullshit, though? Are these nofap benefits just the placebo effect, or is there something more to them? In this article, I set out to find the truth.

 

Porn: A Love Story

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Ever since the porn industry came to fruition in the 1970’s, young men have been captivated by the silver screen. At first it was extremely difficult to find porn. You had to go to some seedy movie theater, and pay $1.50 to go inside and watch some porno flick with a dozen other men. Oh, how the times have changed.

With the mass-adoption of the VCR set, porn shops quickly sprouted up all across the country. Now, for just a few dollars, you could rent any porno flick you wanted and watch it in the privacy of your own home. While this may seem ludicrous nowadays, it was cutting edge back in the 1980’s.

Then, however, something changed—the internet was born. Now, with the click of a button, you can access literally any type of porn you want in high definition. You can easily fulfill any desire, any sexual orientation, and any weird fetish you may have, all within just a few seconds of clicking around online.

Yet for some reason, modern men are unhappier than ever. Depression is at an all time high, social anxiety is worse than it’s ever been, and more and more men are having trouble engaging with the opposite sex. What gives? Could this have something to do with porn, or is it just coincidence?

 

The Beginnings of Addiction

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I remember when I was a typical highschool student. Like most guys, I would watch porn and jerk off daily—it became sort of a way of life. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, PMO (porn, masturbating, and orgasm) became a major addiction for me. It became my way of relaxing, and feeling better when I was stressed.

You’re stressed after a long day at school? Jerk off, it’ll make you feel better. You’re tired and need to fall asleep? Jerk off, it’ll make you feel better. You’re angry, because girls keep ignoring you? No worries, just jerk off—it’ll make you feel better. PMO quickly became my answer to anything and everything.

…and yet as I started to jerk off more and more often, something began to change. I became numb. I could never focus on anything. It was like somebody had dulled down the sensory input on my brain. Nothing seemed to really make me that happy anymore, except porn. It was the highlight of my day.

Little did I realize that I was actually frying my dopamine receptors, and destroying my brain in the process. While this may seem melodramatic, it’s actually not. There’s a growing body of research that’s linking porn to all manner of illness, all the way from minor depression to premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.

 

Your Brain on Porn

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Imagine for a moment the life of Grok. The year is 50,000 BC and Grok is your great-great-great, something-or-other grandfather. He spends most of his time hunting woolly mammoth, laughing with his tribe, and fucking women in his cave. The hottest girl he’s seen is a 3, at best, by today’s standards.

Regardless, Grok lives a happy life—he’s the “Chad” of the caveman days. Now imagine that you picked Grok up and thrust him 52,000 years forward to the present day. Now, rather than having to actually accomplish something to get laid, Grok can inundate himself with thousands of images of sexy women at the click of a button.

Like it or not, our brains did not evolve to experience such massive “hyper-stimulation,” as scientists call it. Your brain is not designed to intake dozens of HQ videos of Sasha Gray, Alexis Texas, and Asa Akira within the time span of a few minutes. It’s literally overloading your brain’s neurotransmitters.

Most people aren’t aware that your neurotransmitters are the most precious resource your brain has. They guide every single thing you do, from waking up in the morning to going to sleep at night. Your brain’s neurotransmitters are responsible for your happiness, motivation, and confidence…and you’re fucking them up with porn.

 

Dopamine Overload

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One such neurotransmitter is called dopamine, and it’s the one that porn targets. Dopamine is also known as the “reward neurotransmitter,” because it’s largely responsible for motivation, and you get a huge burst of it after accomplishing something great. Many hardcore drugs also target this neurotransmitter circuit.

So in other words, when you have healthy dopamine levels, you’re motivated to achieve things. When you go to the gym and break those personal records, you’ll get a nice dopamine buzz. When you make your first million dollars online, you’ll get a huge dopamine surge. It’s your brain’s way of rewarding you, and motivating you.

When you’re a chronic masturbator, however, your dopamine levels are fried. Rather than having them on your side, they’re working against you. Watching porn LITERALLY rewires your brain to favor short term pleasure, and to avoid long term achievement. Don’t believe me? Take a look at what the research shows.

Here’s a link containing 39 neuroscience-based studies which show how porn harms your brain. Here’s another link outlining 50 studies, which all show that porn usage leads to lower intelligence, motivation, and emotional health. Here’s a TEDx talk outlining some of the problems that porn is causing for millennials.

 

NoFap Benefits

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With all of this evidence showing how porn and masturbation harm your brain, is it any wonder users feel great after quitting their addiction? “But Jon, it’s not an addiction!” I can hear someone say. Oh, really? Try going just three days without porn or masturbation—that’s it. Just three days. Then come back and tell me it’s not an addiction.

Every day I get clients asking me how they can improve their lives. They want to know how they can make more money, get more motivation, and sleep with more women. One of the first questions I always ask them is: “Do you masturbate?” If the answer is yes, I advise they quit IMMEDIATELY.

Men who adhere to the two rules of nofap, often find a vast swathe of benefits, such as:

  • More energy to accomplish goals
  • Massive spike in motivation
  • Higher testosterone levels
  • God-like confidence
  • An “alpha male vibe” that women crave
  • Mental clarity

These aren’t the only nofap benefits of course, but they’re some of the biggest ones. For me, the biggest change was that my social anxiety almost 100% disappeared. I started hitting on women, flirting with them, and talking to them with ease. It was as if my natural “alpha male” had been drawn out.

 

My NoFap Journey

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I first started NoFap about five years ago, and it’s easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. After an initial period of struggle, relapsing over and over again, I was finally able to beat the addiction—and I had the added benefits to show. Now, five years later, I’m a completely different man.

In just five years, I’ve completely turned my life around. I ended up starting multiple businesses, sleeping with 100+ women, and eventually dropping out of college. I’m now currently scaling my businesses up to seven figures, and aim to become a public speaker within the next year or two.

While I can’t say NoFap is 100% responsible for my success, it certainly played a huge role. With NoFap, I’m far more confident than I’ve ever been. I have more energy than I’ve ever had before. I’m as motivated as ever, my social anxiety is gone, and pulling girls is like second nature.

For anyone who thinks this is just bullshit, I urge you to check out the subreddit for yourself. Try going porn and masturbation free, for just a few days. You’ll see what I’m talking about. After just seven days, you’ll notice the nofap benefits everyone’s talking about—from confidence to motivation to more women being into you.

 

The Bottom Line

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After discovering the many benefits of nofap, I decided to search for more life-changing strategies. I eventually ended up compiling the “7 Strategies to Develop Your Masculinity,” which is packed with seven simple lifestyle changes that will catapult you to alpha male status.

Simply put, these strategies are some of the most powerful ways to transform your life. If you aren’t getting the sex that you want, and dating the beautiful women that you deserve, I highly recommend you check it out. In fact, NoFap is just so damn effective that I actually made it Strategy #4.

There’s a ton of NoFap benefits that are just WAITING to be felt, if only you’d pull the trigger. When you decide to unlock your full potential and give nofap a shot, you’ll experience incredible confidence, alpha male testosterone levels, and more motivation than you know what to do with.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave a remark down below. As with anything in life, if you aren’t doing NoFap, I recommend you start NOW! As always, I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I’ll see you next time.

About the Author Jon Anthony

Jon Anthony is a world renowned dating coach and the founder of Masculine Development, a website specifically dedicated to helping men improve their personal, dating, and financial lives. After years of training men how to attract women, build muscle, and make more money, Jon created the "7 Strategies" program to help kickstart your journey to success. Jon firmly believes that every man should have control over his own life, and he created Masculine Development to share his passion with men who want success in all areas.

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