MEMBERS OF ANTI-MASTURBATION GROUPS REPORT INCREASED ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
So how do you feel about masturbation? Is it good? Is it bad? Immoral? Should it always be done alone? Or in groups? Or, maybe, just maybe, you think it should never be done at all. But to be fair, maybe that includes the folks who think it’s immoral. You can never be too sure, as lots of people do immoral things all the time. Yet here we are, still needing to talk about masturbation. Well, not masturbation. We have to talk about anti-masturbation group members. Notably, how being one comes with an increased risk of mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts.
MEMBERS WHO “RELAPSE” TEND TO SUFFER FROM SENSE OF FAILURE OVER MASTURBATION
So yes, there really are anti-masturbation groups out there. And people who engage with these groups like NoFap and the “Reboot” community have a much higher risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts if they think they’ve “relapsed.” And yes, relapsed means what you think it means. It means they fell off the hands-off wagon and got a firm grip once again. And then felt awful about it. Like, really awful. This news comes from researchers from Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, who surveyed men who are active in NoFap online forums.
ANTI-MASTURBATION GROUP NOFAP FORUMS FILLED WITH HATEFUL, DANGEROUS TROLLS
Anti-masturbation groups promote “abstinence from masturbation and/or pornography to treat “pornography addiction,” an unrecognized diagnosis.” So these groups supposedly exist to reduce people’s stress, but studies like this show that they actually make stress worse. Men who participated in the survey gave some numbers on NoFap forum posts. 73.7% said there were misogynist posts, 49.1% bullying, 42.9% anti-LGBT, 32% anti-semitic. Not surprisingly, survey participants reported that being on these anti-masturbation online forums caused ED, depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts. We’re talking about masturbation, people! Maybe associated with porn (probably). There’s an easy fix: moderation. Or maybe learn to think of your obsession with sex as totally natural? Because it is. You can read the research report here.