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#NoPornovember Challenge: Could You Give Up Porn for 30 Days?

All November, we're challenging you to give up porn. Not for your partner, not as a joke, but really try it for yourself and see what happens.

By October 12, 2021No Comments

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Have you ever thought about giving up porn for good? Ever been curious about what your life would look like without porn?

In a world where you’ll see so many magazine covers, blogs, and advertisements on the daily, telling both men and women why they should watch porn, we can show you some pretty good reasons why you shouldn’t buy into it.

Not only are science and research showing how harmful pornography is to the consumer, their relationships, and our society in general, but countless personal experiences from around the world are showing this, too.

The #NoPornovember 30-day challenge

All November, during our annual #NoPornovember campaign, we’re challenging you to try giving up porn. Not for your partner, not as a joke, but really try it for yourself and see what happens. Can you do it?

This goes for both guys and girls—give it a try. All month long in November, we’ll be sharing a bunch of info that will equip you in your challenge as well as give you some info to help you out.

Feeling stuck? Our affiliates at Fortify have an amazing online recovery platform dedicated to helping individuals find lasting freedom from pornography. Learn, connect, and track your recovery journey. Plus, it’s now free to use! Try it out for #NoPornovember. What do you have to lose?

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But what will it be like?

If you’ve ever wondered what a difference ditching porn can make in your life, these stories are a must-read. While most of these stories are from guys, a few are from women. It’s important to remember that women struggle with porn, too.

Some of these individual experiences below are excerpts from our organization’s supporters and personal stories we’ve been sent. Check out our blog for thousands of stories, and read these amazing, real stories of people who have given up porn and changed their lives in the process. We think you’ll be inspired to give it up yourself, or at least try ditching it to see what a difference a porn-free life can be.

Long story short, everyone’s experience with giving up porn will be different, but a lot of people report better self-esteem, higher-quality sexual intimacy, more happiness and joy, less brain fog, better focus, more energy, bettter mental health, and better sexual stamina. Not bad side effects, right?

But see for yourself.

The most incredible freedom

“I cannot even begin to explain to you what freedom I have found from locking myself out of porn on my phone. I’m happy. I have never been this happy before.

I’m not depressed anymore. I smile all the time. I’m full of life and energy again. Being free has changed my life. It has been the most beautiful thing to me. Life is so good. I hope somebody who can’t stop watching porn reads this and understands that freedom feels so good. No longer am I depressed, or lonely, or full of self-hatred. Yes, I’m single, but I don’t feel lonely. I love life now. There is hope.

Related: My First Girlfriend Showed Me Porn And I Was Instantly Hooked—Here’s How I Finally Broke Free

I didn’t stop watching pornography for a relationship, and no one had to convince me to stop. I stopped watching for me and my well-being. I also stopped watching for women in videos who are being hurt. I will never know them, but I stopped watching for them.

I stopped watching so that I don’t contribute to any videos being produced ever again.”

J.

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Interest in a relationship, not just sex

“I can’t tell you all how much happier I am since I’ve stopped watching porn.

I’ve been single a long time and still am, but I’m actually interested in finding something special in a girl instead of just sex. I can’t say enough how much I love what you guys are doing, seeing your page and liking it is what made me quit. I was so unhappy with my life, not being able to find someone. Just waking up happy every morning is awesome. It’s like a drug, no doubt about it.

RelatedTrue Story: I Stopped Watching Porn, And I’ve Never Been Happier

Withdrawals are pretty intense from it, but once you’re through it, you realize how awful the porn industry is. It’s so scary to think about how big the industry is.

Thank you FTND!! Keep doing what you all are doing, you’ve helped lots of people including myself.”

Daniel

Watch: How Porn Can Impact Mental Health

Improved mental health

“I went a solid six months without watching porn and I noticed how my depression was absent as well. I felt happier, life seemed very enjoyable, and I felt connected to the people around me, while before, porn had caused me to feel dehumanized to society.

RelatedWhy Watching Porn Can Make You Feel More Isolated, Depressed & Lonely

I battled being on and off and on again with porn, until 2013, when I truly made a breakthrough and went a full year without seeing it.

Even to this day, I have not viewed a single porn image or video. Since that day of October 24, 2013, my depression has not shown up once in my life. I’ve surrounded myself with people who remind me that I don’t need porn to find happiness or pleasure.”

J.

Growing a legacy of freedom and health

“Outgrowing porn before getting married has prevented so much pain, and brought so much happiness.

My daughter and son are growing up with a porn-free dad. I’m so excited to give them the support and guidance I wish my parents had given me. In fact, we’ve already begun! It’s never too early for age-appropriate conversations about sexuality. As the kids get older, we’ll explore what it means to be healthy, and why porn is so harmful. I’ll tell them my story. Because it’s their story, too. And as a family, we’ll pass on a legacy of freedom and a healthy understanding of sex to future generations.

Related: Drew’s Story: How My Fiancée Inspired Me To Quit Porn Permanently

For years, pornography controlled my brain and body. Because of this, I hated myself. Not anymore. I love the person I am becoming.

I’m free to pursue the life I really want as an adult without harming myself or others in the process. Porn was a pacifier that kept me immobilized and immature. Without it, I’ve grown up into a principled partner, a faithful father, and a healthy human being.

Freedom from porn is such a beautiful gift: to ourselves, to those who love us, and to the world. But we can’t force it. Increased pressure to change often produces the opposite effect. Encouragement to “try harder” never helped me. I needed a softer approach, one without shame as the primary motivator.”

Drew

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Higher self-esteem

It has been over a year since I cut porn completely out of my life, and the results have surprised me. I did this due to the vicarious trauma of being in a relationship with someone addicted to porn, and due to my own sobering experience with porn.

When I walk down the street I now see people as people. An overly simple statement, but let me explain.

I no longer see bits of bodies that I judge on their level of sexual attractiveness. These used to flash before me, especially directly after watching porn. I see people as human beings without objectifying them, but the main difference is that I have more respect for myself.

Related: Why I Have More Respect For Myself After Quitting Porn

I respect my body more, and I wear what I feel like wearing with confidence, without feeling like I am on display and being judged in the same way. This is more liberating than any porn I have watched.

I have had a life of an extreme amount of brutal challenges, but nothing has undone me as a woman as much as being the partner of someone obsessed with porn. Nothing.”

T.

Watch: How Porn Fuels Sex Trafficking

More control over life

“For the 10 years of my addiction, I didn’t pursue my dreams. I didn’t discover my hobbies. For 10 years I played video games, watched tv, and watched porn. That was pretty much my life. Yes, I went out with friends and did social things, but when no one was around, that’s all I did.

Now that porn is out of my life, I can pursue my dreams again. Before porn, I used to love writing. I abandoned writing for the high that pornography provided. With my extra time, I’m beginning to write again. I’m reading a lot too. Reading helps me grow and develop into a better a person. Reading and writing are helping me live the life I want to live.

Related: Keeley’s Story: How I Finally Broke Free From My Shame-Fueled Porn Obsession

I don’t have many regrets in my life, but if I’m being honest, I do have just one. I regret letting porn overtake my life and my time. I can’t begin to describe how much I want the last decade back.

The relationships I could have had and the growth I could have experienced. Porn prohibited me from having any real relationships. By taking up hundreds and hundreds of hours of my life, porn stunted me from growing as a person. I cry every time I think about the decade that porn addiction stole from me. I cry for what I lost. At the same time, I cry for my escape. I cry tears of joy knowing I’ve won.

Porn no longer has any control over me. Porn no longer has any place in my life. For 10 years I was addicted. Those 10 years of my life were wasted. Those 10 years of my life vanished before my eyes. I thought I’d never get out, but because of Fight the New Drug, I’m free. I’m finally free from porn. And I’m NEVER going back.”

R.

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As a woman, the shame kept me down

“For a total of six years, I suffered deeply because of my struggle with porn. Finally, at 21 years old, I was reading a book that talked about how if we keep our burdens secret we will never be free from them. And it took me reaching the bottom of myself to know that I could no longer do this on my own. I needed to reach out.

After completely breaking down one day, I had to make a choice to continue living like this in silence or let my struggle be known. I reached out to a friend and I spilled my heart to her. Literally as the words ‘I have a problem with porn’ left my mouth it was as if a physical weight was lifted from me.

After choosing to release my private shame and lay down the burden I carried, I am now three and a half years free from pornography and have never looked back. Since breaking free, there has been an abundance of healing, love, and forgiveness in my life. I now get to hold fast to love and feel its true meaning.

Related: Can Women Get Addicted To Watching Porn?

Let it be known, there is absolutely nothing normal about pornography! It’s not just a problem for men, or an ‘adult only’ problem. As a 15-year-old girl, I was still just a child when I began a long, painful road of addiction. It’s a cultural and world problem. Men, women, and children get exposed to porn every day and it seems to be ‘normal’ in society. But it doesn’t have to be.

Now, at age 25, I proudly and openly share my story in hopes of shedding some light on what porn can do to your life. I fight because I have successfully kicked porn out of my life and I will continue to stand for those who suffer in silence because they feel like they can’t speak up out of shame.

When we stop giving porn power over our lives, that’s when we can break free from it and let true love and healing in. It was opening my mouth and saying it out loud that helped me overcome my struggle with porn and brought me to where I am today.”

Keeley

A movement of hope

The facts and research are showing just how unhealthy porn is to consumers, and these stories reinforce that life and love are so much better and richer without porn. Do yourself a favor and ditch it—you deserve so much better.

Can you crush our #NoPornovember challenge, and even go beyond that? Try it, and see what happens. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed with your results, and you’ll learn something about yourself, too.

Need help?

For those reading this who feel they are struggling with pornography, you are not alone. Check out Fortify, a science-based recovery platform dedicated to helping you find lasting freedom from pornography. Fortify now offers a free experience for both teens and adults. Connect with others, learn about your unwanted porn habit, and track your recovery journey. There is hope—sign up today.

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