I Quit Porn. Here’s What Happened.

I Quit Porn.  Here’s What Happened.

I can’t say it’s going to be the same experience for everyone. All I do know is that I like it better this way, and I won’t be sharing that tradition with my son.

Some time ago, I stopped using porn.

Porn, in case you missed it, is a massive industry worth billions every year.  And while the idea of creating sexually arousing imagery has been around since the dawn of human civilization, things have been vastly different lately.  I remember my grandfather used to have a stack of Playboy’s in the barn.  Those would be considered dated, or as some would say, vintage.  My dad once shared with me a collection of images he’d had on his old computer, this was back in the 80s.  So it’s been a part of my life for a long time.

But this is not the same thing, and it’s important to keep that in mind.

What’s different now is the rapid, ready availability of a seemingly infinite array of pornographic options.  If one wanted naughty nurse videos, one has to simply go on their phone and look at them.  Whatever you’re in the mood for – blondes, Asians, blonde Asians, skinny girls, fat girls, two or three girls, four blonde Asians at the same time, whatever.  It’s all right there at your fingertips.

And that’s the problem.

Some time ago, I quit cold turkey.  Here’s what I noticed.

I have more time to do the things I enjoy.  Whether it’s reading a book, doing a puzzle, or just sleeping, the time I used to spend browsing porn sites, once reclaimed, is significant.  I didn’t think it would be much; if you’d asked me ahead of time how much time I would be able to reclaim, I wouldn’t have thought it significant.  But it is.

I have a lot more creative energy.  Irrespective of the time reclaimed, I have more energy to do these things with the time I have available.  In the time since I quit porn, I’ve managed to write another novel.  I’ve also lost about ten pounds.

My imagination has returned, as has my appreciation for natural beauty.

And also my ability to respond.  While the science behind the causal connections between porn use and erectile dysfunction has not been fully studied, indicators are there is a connection.  A big one.  And I can add myself to the growing multitudes of men who, once they quit, have found that a horde of sexual dysfunctions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation seem to resolve themselves.

I can’t say it’s going to be the same experience for everyone.  All I do know is that I like it better this way, and I won’t be sharing that tradition with my son.


Michael Patrick Lewis is a teacher, progressive, and bestselling author of Edge Of God and Preferred Rewards.  You can also find him on Twitter @fakeMikeLewis.

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  1. Bill says

    I’ve heard a lot of similar stories from guys who have quit. Used to sit around watching porn all day, playing video games until 3am drinking and eating pizza, no ambition, etc. And within a few weeks they were kicking butt at the gym, starting a career, taking chances in life etc.

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