Porn is destroying your motivation and performance. The case against jerking off.



“Guys who do not watch pornography do not exist”
-Simon Lajeunesse, PhD

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Our generation (12-32) has grown up with a disturbing abundance of internet porn. For the first time in history, it has been normal for males to view thousands of pornographic images every year.

“There have probably been days when I saw 300 vaginas before I got out of bed.” – John Mayer

Startling information has recently come to the surface. Credible research and a plethora of first hand accounts suggest that the mental effects of pornography on behavior and motivation can be profoundly negative. We don’t have any moral stance on the issue, we are just looking at this from a performance perspective.

Your favorite anal scene contradicts and confuses the evolutionary programming you came manufactured with. Porn plays into a male’s natural proclivity to mate with multiple females. Guys perceive each new porno slut on their screen as a novel genetic opportunity. With internet porn, a guy could see more hot girls in ten minutes than their ancestors would’ve seen in several lifetimes. Eventually, your brain rewires itself to its artificial porn harem, and the desire for actual women decreases. It shorts out your reward circuit, and spikes dopamine levels.

Out of all activities on the internet, porn has the most potential to become addictive.
-Cyberpsyschol Behav.
February 9, 2006

The negative slide first starts with a less intense reaction to porn, then a general drop in libido, eventually it can become very difficult to get an erection. Erectile dysfunction occurs through a gradual desensitization. It has been said that there is a direct correlation between male sexual dysfunction and high speed internet.

“Internet Porn is Killing Young Men’s Sexual Performance.”
-Italian Society of Sexual Medicine 2011

Are you addicted?

  • Do you seek constant novelty, shock, and surprise?
  • Notice a numbed pleasure response?
  • Feel a slow but steady erosion of willpower?

Gary Wilson, a physiology teacher with a particular interest in the latest neuroscience discoveries, asks whether our brains evolved to handle the hyperstimulation of today’s internet “porn tubes.”  He has compiled some compelling first hand accounts from heavy users who have quit pornography:

“I’ve been approached by quite a few women, but they quickly flew away due to my incredible weirdness. I’ve been a hardcore porn addict since the age of 14. I finally realized porn has been an issue. I stopped it completely 2 months ago, it has been very difficult but so far incredibly worthwhile. My anxiety is nonexistent. My memory and focus are sharper than they’ve ever been. I feel like a huge chick magnet, and my ED is gone too. I seriously think I had a rebirth, a second chance at life.”
-Anonymous 28 Years Old

“Since giving up porn a month ago, I’ve literally started a business, taken up piano lessons, have been studying French everyday, programming, drawing, and have more awesome ideas than I know what to do with. My confidence is sky high, I feel like I can talk to any girl.”
-Anonymous Subject

If you want to go more in depth: TEDxGlasgow – Gary Wilson – The Great Porn Experiment


Does participating in a one man tug-o-war affect testosterone levels?

From:  A Gentlemen’s Guide to Natural Testosterone Boosters

The Claim:

Abstaining from jerking off will make your testosterone levels shoot through the roof. As early as the Greeks, sportsmen believed that the body was weakened by ejaculation, so athletes would frequently avoid sex before competitions. In Martin Scorcese’s Raging Bull, boxer Jake La Motta (portrayed by Robert Deniro) famously leaves the bedroom for the bathroom and pours ice water down his boxers to calm his urges when tempted by his wife before a fight.

The Science:

There was an interesting study done in China to better understand the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men. Researchers found that abstaining from ejaculation for six days had no impact on serum testosterone levels. On the seventh day, serum testosterone levels peaked to 145.7% of baseline, and then declined rapidly on the eighth day. 12 Researchers believe testosterone declined on day eight from the negative feedback suppression of Leutinizing hormone secretion.

Research also demonstrates that testosterone levels do rise as a response to sexual stimuli. Therefore, an athlete could benefit pre-workout by being exposed to sexual stimuli. The athlete could then exercise with increased testosterone levels and aggression.

How You Can Use It:

If you want to experiment with this, here is the simplified protocol:

  • Masturbate once every 7 days.
  • Try to time your masturbation so that your 7th day falls on your hardest training or competition day (The every 7 heaven, new bodybuilding holiday?)
  • Ejaculate one hour post-exercise on your hardest training day to increase immune-system function and enhance recovery abilities.

It has been shown that testosterone levels do temporarily drop after you have waxed your dolphin. This makes a strong case for avoiding sex or masturbating immediately before you have a workout scheduled. If you want to dig a little deeper this article has a more in depth analysis regarding Sex and Bodybuilding Gains.

 For Cory M. You got a problem dude. Stop waxing your weasel and go feed your cat.

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About Egan Liabetto
Egan Liabetto
Founder of SpotMeBro and SpotMeGirl, this self proclaimed "information addict" is a member of the first generation of latchkey kids raised by the internet and grew up spending 12+ hours/day researching bodybuilding, fitness, and self-improvement online. By the age of 25, his internet exploits had made him a multimillionaire. When he's not in the gym, you can find Egan in any number of exotic locales drinking protein shakes and catcalling young women in their native tongue.