Online, Community-Based, Porn Recovery Website Making History.

Very simply stated,  NoFap (https://www.nofap.com/) is exactly how they describe themselves; a community-based porn recovery website.  Clear enough, right?

An easy to understand description that does not even begin to encapsulate all that NoFap truly is. In fact, most discussions about NoFap begin with clearing up some commonly held misconceptions with an explanation of what the site is NOT.

First and foremost, NoFap insists that they are not a movement.  

That it is simply a website. Users are there to improve themselves by abstaining from pornography. They are not falling in line behind a single concept.

NoFap is not affiliated with any particular religion.  

There is no moral judgment.

It is an all inclusive secular website with opinions based on scientific evidence.  Nobody is turned away for their beliefs.  That being said, the website’s emergency app includes a religious option to click on if so desired.

It may surprise people to learn that NoFap is decidedly not anti – masturbation nor pro – chastity.  They do not even advocate sexual abstinence.  

Even more interesting is the fact that NoFap does not support abolishing porn. They do not advocate for legislating nor restricting pornography.

NoFap was originally founded by Alexander Rhodes in 2011.  It initially began on Reddit but has since grown far beyond that.  

The subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/NoFap/) still exists but has been joined by Smartphone apps, a website and an excellent set of blogs and forums within the website itself.

So how about the name NoFap?

One of the most commonly asked questions about NoFap concerns the origin of the group’s rather unusual sounding name. NoFap’s founder, Mr. Rhodes, lifted the term from the word “fap” which is commonly used to approximate the sound of masturbation in manga comics.

NoFap employs the term “rebooting” to discuss the journey toward porn recovery.

Their belief is that continued exposure to porn actually rewires the brain negatively.  The word rebooting is used for the method of abstinence from pornography, masturbation and sometimes even orgasm.

This reboot abstinence is recommended for the duration of time that it takes to recover from the negative effects of excessive porn use.  Hence the term “rebooting”.  Rebooting is implemented until the brain is sufficiently rewired, or as the site puts it “back to factory settings.”

This may seem like a tall order to those who are deriving pleasure from pornography.  To make it interesting, Alexander Rhodes made the decision to “gamify” the rebooting process.  

There are abstinence challenges within the subreddit and the website forums. Users choose their own duration times and are considered victorious when they have remained abstinent until the end of their time limit.

Although users can certainly choose their own challenge durations, NoFap recommends a standard 90 days. Their belief is that 90 days is a difficult yet completely reasonable amount of time to abstain.  

NoFap’s forums offer day counting badges to use during these time challenges.  The counters that track consecutive days of abstinence can be set back to day one for those who break their streak.

NoFap members also have the beneficial use of smartphone apps to aid in their recovery.  The website offers an emergency app that is accessed by clicking on the red panic button which sits at the top of every page on the site.

A great amount of support is offered on the website’s forum.  NoFap’s website forum is divided into several different categories such as Rebooting, Success Stories, Porn Addiction, Loneliness and Self Improvement among others.  

In addition to the forums within the website, there is, of course, the very successful subreddit mentioned previously.  The subreddit has been active since 2011 and remains consistently popular.  As of this writing, it boasts 220,052 users, or “fapstronauts” as they call themselves.

Even a quick scroll through the Success Stories on the website forum indicate that NoFap is working.  

It’s an online recovery community that at first glance appears to not take itself too seriously. Yet it has a consistent track record of helping men and women recover from pornography and recover their sexual health.  

Perhaps that playfulness is what drives users to stick to the program and support each other in recovery? Kudo’s from us at ViralRecovery.com. NoFap is the embodiment of the viral recovery idea.

 

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