Hi all, I'm a 21 year university student. I've had an addiction to masturbation since I was 13 and to porn shortly after that, so roughly 8 years. I found this site through yourbrainonporn.com, which I found on the No More Mr. Nice Guy forums. So for the majority of my teenage and adult life, I've avoided interaction with women and social interaction in general. If I could get all the pleasure I want in the comfort of my own room with my computer, then why try to meet real women and live life. Everything else has seemed boring and insignificant for the past 8 years or so; I just do things because I know I'm supposed to do them, e.g. school, gym, work, going out, talking to people, not because I genuinely want to. However, I am on day 7 of no porn and no masturbation although I have viewed a few short porn clips but managed to close them and get away fairly quickly. But why am I doing this? I'm tired of having no control over my life. By giving in to my urges to look at porn and masturbate, I send a lot of dopamine to my brain during these activities which strengthens those neural pathways to my automatic brain. Also, I believe that this also strengthens the pathways for the automatic behaviors that really hurt my life: people pleasing, approval seeking, very negative self-talk, etc... (basically any flight/freeze behaviors). My hyperactive fight/flight is really taking a toll on my life, and I believe that porn/masturbation is fuelling this. So hopefully getting over this addiction will help me to knock two birds out with one stone, and from reading other rebooting accounts it does. And also I forgot to add that I would like to have a genuinely relationship with my beautiful girlfriend and get turned on by her instead of 2-d images on my computer. I'm grateful for finding this site and wish everyone the best in regaining control of their life.