My story reads like everyone else’s. I’ve masturbated more or less daily since I was a teenager. I began watching online porn around 2001 or so and never looked back. I never saw it as a problem until the past few years, when I began to binge more and more frequently and noticed that I had a hard time just watching for a few minutes. Even then I didn’t really view it as unhealthy, in large part because so many news resources on the issue chalked it up to high libido. I tended to regard it as one the loopholes in life—a tremendous amount of pleasure with no real downside. But of course I was sorely mistaken. I began to realize that I had a problem with excessive viewing and began to think it was hurting my overall quality of life but, again, because I didn’t see it as an addiction and because porn use seems so common among males, I had a hard time remaining committed. However, in November of 2022, I began to see more and more references to porn addiction and began doing more research. When you actually do the research, it becomes quite clear that one can indeed become addicted to porn. I also began to see more references to the relationship between porn and social anxiety, depression, unhappiness, poor marital quality, low libido, and so on. And I was finally motivated to make a serious effort to quit. My first streak was four months without masturbation and porn and I thought it was easy. In the past when I tried (half-heartedly) to quit, I would often double down on masturbation in an attempt to suppress the urges to watch, but I found it actually much easier to refrain when I wasn’t masturbating while fantasizing (not surprising in hindsight!) One day I masturbated and then a couple of days later relapsed over the course of a couple of days. I went another two months and relapsed again. What I’ve realized is that I need some accountability and support to take the next step. My goal is of course never to watch again, but my intermediate goal is six months; and then 12 months, etc. My hope is to post some updates more or less frequently as the weeks go by. I’ve got a mere 5 days right now and feeling pretty motivated.