Facebook,twitter and other social media during reboot

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by kapsblock, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. kapsblock

    kapsblock New Member

    I am 27 year old virgin male having 15 years of porn history and have PIED and porn addiction. These are my previous threads -

    http://www.yourbrainrebalanced.com/...after-30-days-disappointed.37175/#post-576098

    http://www.yourbrainrebalanced.com/...life-cant-concentrate-help.36964/#post-574345

    I have been rebooting since more than 90 days now, but I am going through a phase which I don't understand. I have been almost completely free from PMO during this time(other then surfing once or twice craiglist and reddit for sexual ads) and I have had nightfalls during this time. I have stopped porn, but have continued regularly on facebook, twitter etc. Although it has been advised to be completely free from social media, but in the absence of any social life I do not have any other option. which means I have been feeding my brain a virtual simulation which is not porn but a mild filler for porn. Could you guys let me know if I should completely avoid social media?(facebook , twitter etc)
     
  2. Catharsis

    Catharsis Member

    Quit all social media for two weeks.
    Treat it as an experiment.
     
  3. NewTerritories

    NewTerritories virtual

    I dunno what your goals are. Why do you want us to tell you what to do?
     
  4. jonnywishbone

    jonnywishbone New Member

    It definitely has a considerable effect for me. I don't do PMO these days, but I end up binging on twitter, YT etc. It really affects my motivation, so I assume its having an effect on dopamine. I watch a lot of political stuff, and I find the constant and repeated dopamine hit affects me so much that it makes even porn seem uninteresting. Everything in life starts to feel numb, boring and pointless.
     
  5. FUBB

    FUBB Member

    It depends what you see there (and search for). If you search for dodgy content of the scantily clothed or provocatively dressed, then it is a porn substitute. If you are just keeping in touch with your mates, it's fine.
     
  6. Pearl Gourami

    Pearl Gourami New Member

    How did any of you overcome Whatsapp and Youtube addiction? Would love to hear some success stories!
     
  7. Joshua Shea

    Joshua Shea Active Member

    @Pearl Gourami The idea of dopamine fasting is still pseudoscience, so abstaining really won't fix anything. You're just trading one addiction for another and it's something most addicts who don't get real help have happen to them. Get to the source of the problem -- why you developed addictions in the first place, with the help of a professional.
     
  8. Freedom from Servitude

    Freedom from Servitude Active Member

    Hi Pearl, I wouldn't describe that I had a Youtube addiction, but it definitely had addictive tendencies where I could procrastinate on the platform. I found a google chrome extension called Stayfocused has been very helpful. It allows me to put websites like Youtube on a timer so that, when the time is up, I can't change the settings for the rest of the day. It has drastically reduced the amount of time I spend on that website, as well as other websites like Facebook. I highly recommend it.
     
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  9. Pearl Gourami

    Pearl Gourami New Member

    Is there something similar for Safari? Not something that blocks but something that reminds you of the time?
     
  10. Freedom from Servitude

    Freedom from Servitude Active Member

    I have heard that there is a piece of software called freedom put together by the same developer behind Stayfocused that apparently works on all devices, I assume that this includes Safari. However, there is a subscription charge for this. I don't know whether are any free apps available that work. I am a PC user, so the software available for a Mac is something that I am not very knowledgeable of.
     

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