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“‘Reboot,’ especially NoFap, promotes abstinence from masturbation and/or pornography to treat ‘pornography addiction,’ an unrecognized diagnosis. While the intention of Reboot/NoFap is to decrease distress, qualitative studies have consistently suggested that ‘Reboots’ paradoxically cause more distress. The distress appears to occur in response to (1) the abstinence goal, which recasts common sexual behaviors as personal ‘failures,’ and (2) problematic and inaccurate Reboot/NoFap forum messaging regarding sexuality and addiction. This preregistered survey asked men about their experience with perceived ‘relapse’ and NoFap forums. Participants reported that their most recent relapse was followed by feeling shameful, worthless, sad, a desire to commit suicide, and other negative emotions. A novel predictor of identifying as a pornography addict in this lower religiosity sample was higher narcissism. Participants reported that NoFap forums contained posts that were misogynist (73.7% of participants), bullying (49.1%), anti-LGBT (42.9%), antisemitic (32.0%), instructing followers to harm or kill themselves (23.5%), or threats to hurt someone else (21.1%). More engagement in NoFap online forums was associated with worse symptoms of erectile dysfunction, depression, anxiety, and more sex negativity. Results support and expand previously documented harms and problems with Reboot/NoFap claims of treating pornography addiction from qualitative research.”—”Iatrogenic effects of Reboot/NoFap on public health: A preregistered survey study

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“In contrast to the stated goal of rebooting to ‘cure’ erectile dysfunction, data in this research indicated that higher levels of participation in these online groups predicted higher levels of sexual dysfunction. In addition, more participation in online abstinence groups correlated with increased levels of depression and anxiety and less likelihood of seeking medical care from licensed professionals to treat these problems. Importantly, this did not appear to be due to the fact that people with more severe problems were more involved in therapy. Studies of other online support groups and programs find that more participation generally predicts fewer symptoms.” “Because failing in achieving abstinence is portrayed as being a failed man, these group discussions contain high levels of anger toward groups seen as “causing” these failures. Threats to masculinity are, unfortunately, often responded to with violence and threats of violence by men. In these forums, the researchers found extraordinarily violent posts and comments, including threats to murder or mutilate people who produce or distribute pornography, as well as comments suggesting that women who tempt rebooters to “relapse” deserved murder and/or rape. Of the participants who visited these forums, about one in five reported witnessing such homicidal threats.”—”Pressure to Abstain From Porn Use May Mean Mental Distress. The iatrogenic effects of pursuing abstinence from masturbation. Online groups for people trying to stop masturbating are popular, but largely filled with conservative, heterosexual males. Research finds that erectile problems, anxiety, and depression all increase with more participation. Identifying as addicted to pornography was predicted by levels of personal narcissism.”

“A sort of cottage industry has sprouted around the idea of retaining semen and abstaining from masturbation and porn, despite a lack of evidence they work.”—”A nascent men’s movement eschews orgasms for health reasons. Experts say the science doesn’t add up. How an online community became obsessed with the idea that ejaculation was hurting their mental and physical health.”

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