Disclaimer: Unpopular opinion ahead. I'm not posting this thread in order to stir people up or troll NoFap. I'm just stating my own experiences and would like to hear people's opinions on the matter. Some background; I'm 25, and have been watching porn on & off since I was about 16. I've never been a "watch it every day, multiple times a day" kind of guy, but I am prone to binging. This includes other aspects of my life too, such as drinking. I kicked the drink habit over 18 months ago and feel 100x better for it! With regards to my porn use, I came here for some guidance as I felt that it was taking hold over my life and preventing me from being the best version of myself I could be. I concluded that I needed an actual reason to stop, not just because "I felt like it". I needed something tangible to work towards. I am now focusing on my relationship with my girlfriend and my career. While I was binging, my brain was never fully switched on, and I couldn't engage with people on any kind of level. I was anxious, unsociable, depressed and completely unfocused. I knew I couldn't be successful being in this state, so I decided to make a change. Now, here comes the part you guys may not agree with me on. I've always been very sexually active from a young age, so I've never experienced heavy porn use and masturbation while being a virgin/not having regular sex. I think this has prevented my problem from reaching a critical level, but it was still a problem nonetheless. I believe my issue is over exposure. Instead of just getting hard, masturbating for a few minutes, then finishing, I would stretch out a masturbation/porn watching session over the space of a whole afternoon and evening; some of my sessions exceeding 8 hours. This is obviously not normal, and I always felt like the life force had been sucked out of my when it was finally over. This was the part of my habit I wanted rid of, because the truth is, I love masturbation, and I enjoy porn, and I am of the firm belief that both can be enjoyed in moderation. Last night I masturbated whilst watching porn. I was diamond hard, full of excitement, and it was over after around 10/15 minutes, and you know what? I felt amazing afterwards. I'd abstained for nine days prior to this, and yesterday I was away on a business trip. There were beautiful women everywhere, and it was scorching, so there were short skirts and summer dresses in abundance. I was a horny mess all day. I could NOT stop thinking about sex; but I didn't feel like a pervert, I felt like a man. However, I was so pent up, that I felt like I had to restrain myself from groping women as they walked past! Attractive girls were also checking me out all day. I could feel that they could sense my virility and sexual energy. I loved the feeling of being ultra horny, but I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep that night unless I gave myself relief (I wasn't seeing my GF, or else I'd have fucked her brains out). The difference with this masturbation session though, was that I didn't just do it out of selfish self pleasure, I did it because my body was crying out to me; it NEEDED it. I genuinely think I was hard more often than flaccid, for the whole day. When I was home, I spent time with my family instead of running upstairs and getting lost in a binging session for hours. Then I had a shower (I was rock hard from when I got in the shower until when I started to masturbate). It was the best session I could remember, and I felt awesome afterwards...I was relaxed, happy and full of life. I couldn't remember the last time I felt like this after masturbating. Today I still feel great. The sun is out, I'm horny again; full of testosterone, and I don't have any brain fog. Side note: I know that if I didn't masturbate/have sex, my body would just force me to cum via wet dreams...which are a pain in the ass, so I'd rather self pleasure and at least enjoy myself! Since I have been ejaculating frequently for the past 10 years, in one way or another, I don't think my body would be able to get used to retaining semen for longer than two weeks. I don't believe it is natural, and it's been proven that your sex drive actually starts to diminish after you don't engage in any sexual activity for a prolonged period of time. I've quit PMO before, averaging out at about a month at a time, and the only withdrawals I had were feeling so horny that I was genuinely scared I might sexually assault someone! (Joking). Although my porn binging is a problem, I am working hard at removing this from my life. I have no intention of quitting all self pleasure for years on end, because I feel that by doing so you are removing one of life's greatest free pleasures. Like most things that feel good when you do them; masturbation is abused my many men (including myself), and no matter how many arguments you read, it is natural, and a necessary part of of exploring your sexuality, especially if you're single. I have found that many NF users, instead of quitting jerking off multiple times a day and putting their new found horniness into meeting women, working out etc, are focusing on becoming asexual robots who refuse to experience any physical pleasure; instead choosing to find satisfaction from within. Sort of like Monks I guess. I respect this life choice, and if you gain anything from it, more power to you! It's not for me though. So in conclusion; moderation is key. Share your thoughts below!