Hi all. I'm 24 years old, I'm from Sydney, Australia and here's how I got here: Age 11-12: Saw porn for the first time. Medium was mostly pictures rather than videos. Age 12-16: Became more of an erotica person than a porn person. Aside from that, I go to a school where there were a considerable amount of attractive female teachers in their 20s and that's really all I need if I have to masturbate lol. Age 16-18: I began to rediscover porn via tube sites. It took the better part of two years, but erotic stories and the female teachers were slowly cast aside in favor of porn. Of course at this stage, tube sites only offered things like 5-10 minute clips. Age 18-20: Continued deeper into porn. The thing that checked me from an outright addiction. was that computer was shared and unless there was a legitimate excuse, I would not be on for longer than an hour. Even so, I'd use what I saw on the screen as masturbation fodder and I was developing a habit of visiting sites daily. Age 20: Became conscious of various genres, studios, and porn stars that's out there. Began to narrow my focus on specific genres, studios, and stars. Age 21: Got my own laptop and the family got wi-fi. This was what set me down the road to being here today. This was when 2 or 3 hours would disappear just like that because there's nothing checking it. This was when I started leave the laptop on overnight to download/torrent a movie. This was when I started to get PMO. Age 22-23: Officially settled into my "niche" as a porn watcher. Favorite genres were lesbian, massage, latina, asian, milf. Never got beyond that, luckily. -Occasionally, I began asking questions about whether or not I had a problem. Googling around, the general consensus I got was that it's only an addiction if a) Your tastes in porn are getting extreme and b) It starts disrupting your life. I'm not A because my taste in porn is quiet limited as you can see above, and when it's crunch time during university, I would pick my assignments over porn. Age 24: -Early February: Still single, still without a girlfriend, still virgin and wondering if I should stop masturbation to do better with the ladies. At this stage, I was more concerned about the masturbation rather than the porn. There were days where I could do it 5 or 6 times a day. To the point where even my dick is saying "Please stop!" but my mind wants another one. Then I encountered the whole thing about what porn does, how it can fuel the masturbation, and how it can have effects on your life in general though I still haven't bumped into YBOP. -The rest of February: Took baby steps. I'd last 1-2 days without PMO then I'd falter. 1 or 2 days then I'd falter again. -March: Went overseas with 2 friends. Aside from when I'm in the shower or taking a dump, I did not have time to myself. Then you've got the travelling and the walking around. Lasted 14 days. The breaking point came when I thought of a girl that I saw on a previous day, thought about all the ways I could undress her, sneaked into the bathroom, and whacked off. First time in a long time that I whacked off without porn's assistance. -April: Since that trip, I've gone back to 1-2 days then reset and start all over again. -Late April-June: Looking around at videos is no longer enough, I'm now beginning to use my savings on membership sites. I was a member of 4 different sites in April-May. Cut back to just 1 in June but cancelled that out. The fact that I was now paying to get porn was rock bottom for me, that was when I knew something needed to be done though not entirely sure what I should do. -27th June 2012: At night, before bed, I watched porn. Did not have a clue that that would be for the last time. -28th June 2012: Bumped into articles online about not getting turned on by real women because of PMO. That was the straw that broke the camel's back as far I was concerned. Immediately made the decision to start rebooting. Did not even "farewell" my collection by going on a PMO session. My goals/targets/wants are: -I want to take back control of myself. Don't want to be the slave of the voice that's encouraging me to check out a site -I am single. In my high school years I can chalk my lack of success with the opposite sex up to going to an all boys' school and not having regular interaction with girls my age, but I now it seems that PMO is playing a large part. If going off PMO will give me more bravery to speak to girls, makes more flirtatious then I'd give it a try. -I need energy. I've lost 11 kgs of weight in the last 6 months but I think I could use extra energy when I exercise. I also need the energy to look for work since I'm unemployed. -Not see PMO as an escape. I seem to descend into it when I'm pissed off and upset. -I want to get attracted to normal girls again. At the moment, they really have to stick out to get a rise out of me (like a porn star). -If I have to masturbate, I'd like it to be me and me alone providing the fantasy material and not porn. And that's how I got here.