Many of us have been in that swamp of ignorance and I was one of them for 14-15 years! When looking back, I was totally unaware of the consequences of PMO at the time and thought it was almost as normal as having a beer or glass of wine (if not more so). It wasn't until my last streak began to take off (with the brain-fog dispersing) that I could finally see how all the negative implications it had on my own life that I don't even know where to begin. The worst effects were probably the regular compulsive behavior to M to the material (and without it) and the accompanying anxiety, semi-depression, and indifferent attitude towards life it brought. All of it probably due to the decline of T-levels that PMO brought.