Fear of missing out

Discussion in 'Porn Addiction' started by Just_a_guy_25, May 19, 2019.

  1. Just_a_guy_25

    Just_a_guy_25 Fapstronaut

    So today is my 10th day of no MO but I’ve still watched porn almost every day during this streak. While I feel much better physically from avoiding MO, I still find myself looking at porn. It’s like my mind goes to this place of thinking what if I miss an amazing new scene or one of my favorite performers has something new out and I find myself back searching for it and checking sites just to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. Once I’ve done this, I always find myself basically on a mini binge for an hour or so just scrolling through sites looking at interesting stuff and then I’m battling internally with should I just relapse and get it over with or stay on my streak. I hate that porn can control me like this. I guess being addicted for so long I didn’t expect it to be easy to let it go but I don’t want to be an addict anymore and I definitely don’t want to relapse. How can I get over this way of thinking and break free completely of this addiction
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  2. Tiger uppercut!

    Tiger uppercut! NoFap Moderator
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    The same thing happens to me, man. Not everyday but it still happens. Each time I come to learn that I’m not missing anything new...it’s always the same shit.
  3. overclocked

    overclocked Fapstronaut

    That's a tough one. Like any other symptom of addiction, this will pass eventually.
    What relieved me from the fear of missing out was taking a break from whatever I was (supposed to be) doing and visualized how I would be if I went through with it and watched a new scene.

    Would I be wiser? Stronger? More capable of finally quitting?
    I always answered all these questions with 'no'. In fact, I would feel like a fool. Btw, this little trick helped me kick all kinds of bad habits!
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  4. jfromcr

    jfromcr Fapstronaut

    How about the JOY of missing out.

    I haven't watched a single episode of Game of Thrones, cool.
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  5. Br1 R1

    Br1 R1 Fapstronaut

    I also suffered FOMO, it controlled me and I was the same, I didn't MO so thought it was ok to just keep looking at all the new stuff. Took me ages and another DD to get over it. Even though I wasn't MOing I was still very addicted. What eventually sorted me out was realising this and actively doing the recovery for ME. Now 1 year into real recovery I have and am still doing Intimacy Anorexia work, Mindfulness, Breathing and a variety of other work. Also having tools to stop the urges and thoughts when they do happen. I still get FOMO feelings but not so much P anymore just the feeling of I am missing out on something. So I need to fill my life with other more interesting activities and to stay focused and mindful when doing boring monotonous tasks. This has all helped me achieve my goal of being the person I want to be.
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