I am 26 years old, Male, grew up in a highly repressive Society. That and my slight introversion prevented me from initiating any meaningful relationship (just a friendship or romantic) with a female Homo Sapiens. I have male friends but in that area I have zero knowledge or experience.
I’m an avid reader. Started reading novels & shits from an early age. I discovered that I’m a hopeless romantic, fantasizing about a romantic partner, a soulmate. But in our society free mixing of boys and girls aren’t common and frowned upon, even more so in the lower echelons of society where people don’t have money or power to thrive in this world so they survive here and grasp religion with the hope to thrive in the afterlife, that’s the summary of the environment of the neighbourhood I grew up in. Add introversion and shyness on top of that and you get a nice formula of self destruction.
(I wouldn’t add the religion bit here if I hadn’t seen similar posts in this forum. This bit is for those persons. Hopefully they’ll read it & know they aren’t alone just like I learned from their posts and gained a little bit resolve to face the problem head on)
For the last 8/10 years I became addicted to pornography. I started consuming pornography in all its form. From light paperback softcore romcom erotica to hardcore videos, from free Internet videos to premium sites & studios, online forums and blogs of sex stories, Japanese hentai, mangas, weird ASMR style audio… every form of sexual gratification I found on earth, I consumed.
Add the growing addiction of Gaming, POP Culture(Movie, Anime, TV series, random youtube videos, hours on reddit, 4chan etc), I started losing countless hours on these whims.
Frankly, I didn’t consider this a problem at all at first. True, sometimes I’d feel a little guilty but mostly I felt that it was a normal thing to do. I was chilling. Enjoying life so to speak… But I had no social life, spending most of time in home. Becoming rude. My small group of friends became smaller. My career didn’t start as I expected. Got depressed. Stopped exercising altogether. I lost my physical fitness. My self-restriction capabilities non-existent. I became a slave of my will. My lust, greed, wrath, envy… Hell, I had 6 of those 7 sins, except pride. My pride vanished as I became aware of the hole I’ve dug myself into.
But after losing these precious times, I’m thinking about starting anew. A fresh start in 2020. For the last month I’m trying. I’ve already almost gave up gaming on computer and planning to do so on mobile but unable to do so until now. Trying to lessen and stop my pop culture intake. I’m gradually controlling my eating habit. Soon I’ll start exercising to regain my fitness.
But what I couldn’t manage was this addiction to PMO. I almost gave up and decided to live with it. But with a stroke of luck I stumbled upon the app, then this forum. I’ve just started today. Read the posts this past 6 hours. Hopefully I’ll be able to beat this addiction. The entry of this addiction to my life was the starting point of the downward trajectory of my life, the main driving force behind my ruin and I’ll beat it.
Sorry for the extremely lengthy post. I needed to vent somewhere. This isn’t exactly something you can share with friends & family
If you’ve read up to now, thank you. If any of overcame something like this & have any tips for me, do share. My sharing code is 0cvmfq, if anyone wants to be my companion for my journey. Also if you happen to know any apps or forums to get rid of other addictions like screen addiction & others please let me know. God know I have plenty of those.
English isn’t my first language and I’m typing this long ass post on my mobile ( I’m afraid of touching my PC nowadays ) I hope I’ve expressed myself clearly in the post and haven’t made any stupid mistake. Also, I think this post is following the forum rules. If not, let me know I’ll remove it… Pray for me…