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"I’m not in opposition to them, but I do think their ideas are simplistic, naive and promote a sad, reductionistic and distorted view of male sexuality and masculinity"
David J. Ley[1]
We’re here to help you quit porn, improve your relationships, and reach your sexual health goals. 100% science-based, secular, and sex-positive.
—NoFap Homepage[2]

NoFap is a website (and subreddit) that attempts to help people recover from so-called "porn addiction", which does not appear to have a basis in science – despite claiming otherwise. Participants claim it improves their mental abilities by abstaining from masturbation and porn.[3]

"Porn addiction"[edit]

According to the website nofap.com, porn addiction is defined as:[4]

… a phenomenon of the brain marked by compulsive use of pornography which proves difficult to stop despite negative consequences, and which often worsens over time. To date, the American psychological community has yet to officially recognize porn addiction as a disorder.

NoFap openly acknowledges that porn addiction is not an official disorder, yet treats porn addiction as fact anyway. NoFap goes as far to support the idea that porn is a "public hazard",[5] but also "does not support legislation to restrict the creation or consumption of pornography".[6]

Intresting to note is that other studies suggest, that porn addiction isn't even real but rather, seems to be a largely self-attributed problem in religious people. However, reporting feeling addicted to porn is not exclusive to religious people.

While fear of masturbation has been a staple of organized religion since time immemorial, a modern shot in the arm of the controversy seems to stem from recent attention paid to a tract called Onania, which apparently had some impact on British society.[7]

Scientific view[edit]

The American Psychological Association has recently stated[8] that "when the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was being drafted, experts considered a proposed diagnostic addiction called hypersexual disorder, which also included a pornography subtype."

However, the diagnosis was never actually instated as an existing disorder, due to an unsubstantial body of evidence in favor of the disorder existing as something specific (as opposed to: being better understood as an expression of your more typical compulsion or addiction).

Individual studies[edit]

NoFapper claim that sex addiction shows similar patterns to those of a cocaine addict. With actual drugs, each use should be desensitizing; however, this pattern was not found in the so-called sex addicts. In one particular study of "sex addicts", these individuals showed an increased response to erotica that was relatively higher compared to normal individuals. In fact, these so called "sex addicts" have matching brain patterns to those with high libido who don't identify as "sex addicts". The study deemed that there is no neural evidence for porn addiction.[9] On the contrary, NoFapper's anecdotal evidence clearly has more authority than actual scientific studies.[citation NOT needed]

"Rebooting"[edit]

NoFap's Standard Reboot: No edging, no porn, no masturbating.
"Hard Mode": No edging, no porn, no masturbating, no orgasming whatsoever.
Easy Mode: No porn.
—/r/NoFap/ (reformatted)[10]

NoFap presents several options to overcome "porn addiction". No scientific evidence, only anecdotal evidence,[3] confirms the effectiveness of rebooting. Because the site is dedicated to stopping porn addiction, it seems odd masturbation is listed with porn as an option – wasn't porn the problem?

NoFap gives you superpowers[edit]

According to some rather opinionated individuals, NoFap gives you super powers. X-ray vision? Super strength? Invisibility?[3] Nope. Being horny all the time, no doubt.[3]

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