Sign up for the monthly challenge in this thread! It's that time of the month again - hello and welcome to the official signup thread for NoFap's "Don't Touch Your Member" PMO-Free November 2015! The purpose of this thread is to provide Fapstronauts with a place to share their commitment to abstaining from particular sexual behaviors throughout the entire month of November 2015. Although it is strongly recommended, posting in this thread is not required for participation. New to NoFap? Here are some suggestions: Learn about the website, porn addiction, excessive masturbation, and abstaining from PMO. Read through the forum, the subreddit, and other websites to get informed. Decide if abstaining from PMO is something that you really want. If you don't buy into the process 100%, you'll probably not make it through the month. If you have decided that you would like to participate, proceed to step three. Sign up for this month by replying to this thread. Consider setting up a day counter to track your progress. Otherwise, there are a variety of phone applications and calendars available for crossing off how many days you've lasted. Create a Journal Thread and share your progress every day. Not only does this help you stay accountable, it documents valuable anecdotal evidence that will ultimately help other people going through similar situations in the future. Ask questions and get support by posting on NoFap. Come here every day and participate. Get an accountability partner. Would you like to participate? If so, please reply to this thread with the following information. Are you not going to allow yourself to masturbate? View porn? Orgasm whatsoever? Not allowing any outlet for sexual release is called "hard mode". How long do you want this challenge to last? By default it is one month, but 90 days is recommended for rebooting. What are your goals? Why are you doing this? Coming in after this month has already started? Don't panic - it is not a problem. Fapstronauts sign up for NoFap's events all months long. Just follow the instructions above and jump in at any time by replying to this thread. I wish you all nothing but the best. Onwards to a PMO-free November! This month we are partnering with Alec Sproten from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) to study the effects of not masturbating and using porn. “Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.“ (Stephen Hawking) It has been a long while since the birth of NoFap® and the rise in awareness of the harmful effects of masturbation/porn abuse. People have been talking a lot about improvements in their relationships, their wellbeing and their lives in general after joining NoFap. Yet, people also have been talking a lot about scientific evidence on how masturbation/porn abstinence impacts their lives. Truth is, this evidence is still scarce. And we need to change that! Stephen Hawking said science is as well a discipline of romance and passion: why not take him literally? With an ever growing community of members of NoFap®, a survey on user preferences, masturbation and porn abuse is overdue. This is why we want to make an attempt to plug the holes in masturbation research with a well-assembled survey. After all, wouldn’t it be great to substantiate the potential benefits of masturbation and porn abstinence with some solid scientific facts? This is why NoFap® agreed to facilitate a user survey in the community, designed by Alec Sproten, a social scientist from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). The goal of the survey is threefold. First, it will help the community to know its membership a little better. Second, backed by scientific evidence that “rebooting” affects the reward system in the brain, the survey will help find out how this influences preferences for uncertainty and for time: It will provide answers to the questions if masturbation and porn abstinence have an effect on the ability to delay rewards or on the ability to rationally assess risks. And third, questions on NoFap® user experiences will help improve the quality of services offered to the community. You, the members, are a scientific gold mine, and this survey was designed to tap into that, in the best way that we can. Please take it seriously, give it some of your precious time, and let's make some science happen here! The survey is divided into two parts. The first part is released right now. It will ask questions about you, your history, your preferences, your attitudes toward masturbation and pornography, and the experiences you've had along the way. This section will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. You can answer it here: http://ww3.unipark.de/uc/abstinence-survey1/ The second part will be released in one month. It will ask the same questions (minus a few questions if you participated in the current survey) in order to assess how your preferences change over time. You are not required to take part in both parts of the survey, however the more people participate in both parts, the greater the value of this study. This survey is COMPLETELY anonymous. Public data as well as a summary of the results will be released after both survey periods ended. And if you need any further motivation, here is a quote from Isaac Asimov: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'” Click here to take part 1 of the survey!