Overview of the Benefits of Not Masturbating

Here are some of the benefits a man can expect from abstaining from masturbation. In upcoming posts I will try to explain as many of these as possible. For some of them, I simply don’t have enough information. Others of them, I remain skeptical about. In general, I think these assertions are true.

There are four classes of sources that I am basing this list off of:

  1. My personal experiences and observations
  2. Contemporary accounts of men who have quit masturbating, or who are trying to do so, or who have struggled with it
  3. Nascent, still inadequate, scientific studies that have been done on this topic
  4. Ancient/traditional philosophical and religious thought

Here are the benefits of refraining from masturbation that I have seen claimed by the sources, including some that I can attest to myself:

  • Increased sex drive
  • More attention from women
  • Better focus
  • Better memory
  • A general feeling of happiness
  • A feeling of being “young again,” and a related child-like wonder at the world
  • Stronger, more flexible, and more resilient bones and tendons, especially in the knees and lower back
  • Greater ability to “push it” in the gym (when lifting weights, for example) or in athletic competition
  • Stronger eye-contact
  • A shining quality in the eyes, both as observed in the mirror and as commented on by others
  • Healthier, more lustrous skin
  • Healthier, more lustrous hair
  • Cessation of hair-loss; actual regrowth of lost hair
  • A more pleasant body odor
  • Stronger, more frequent erections
  • Better overall confidence
  • Cessation of social anxiety
  • Increased discipline to handle other bad habits, like smoking or drinking too much
  • Better sex
  • Overall, a bright and generous personal aura that others notice and comment on

Some of these claims apply mostly to people with longstanding and frequent masturbation habits and are also relatively non-controversial. For example, a man in his thirties who has been masturbating daily for more than 15 years will almost certainly get thicker, harder, longer, stronger erections if he abstains from masturbation long enough to get past the “flat line” stage (7 to 14 days for most guys). I assert that benefit without reservation, and I invite anyone out there to prove me wrong. It’s quite simply factual.

Other claims are anecdotally true, and I believe proper scientific study could prove them. The problem is that almost no one is actually studying this, or has ever studied it (scientifically). There is a huge mental gap out there in most rationally-minded people. We believe that science can and should give us all the answers. But the dangerous corollary is the idea that if something hasn’t been proven scientifically, it’s therefore just a bunch of New Age junk. Because of the taboos around this subject, and because of an apparent lack of funding and interest, no one has ever actually studied these claims scientifically.

To disbelieve in the possibility that these claims could be true simply because no study has every proven them true, is to ignore that no study has ever disproven them either. The studies have never been done! Gravity existed before we had a theory of gravity. Photosynthesis existed before we had studied photosynthesis. Just because something hasn’t been studied doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Examples of things from this list that I believe to be true but which can’t be claimed scientifically (yet) include many of them, especially: decreased social anxiety, better skin, more healthy hair, increased sex drive, and better focus and memory.

The next class are things that we may never be able to prove definitively, but which I nonetheless believe to be true based on first-hand accounts and on testimony from other men. These include some rather subjective physical characteristics, like shining eyes, more pleasant smell, and stronger eye contact. They also include some extremely ineffable things, like a feeling of being young again, increased confidence, a happy or generous personal aura, and increased discipline in other areas of life (addictions, procrastination, etc).

Finally there is the class of physical benefits which seem kind of “out there.” This includes the decrease or even the reversal of hair loss, and healthier ligaments and bones (especially in the back and knees). From what I know of how scientific studies are done, I believe it would be technically possible to definitively prove these claims one way or the other, but I don’t expect to see such proof (positive or negative) in my lifetime. Such phenomena are intrinsically extremely complicated, and there simply isn’t the demand out there, nor the resources, to study this thoroughly. Think of how many people die from heart disease, and all the dollars that go into researching heart disease, and there is still a ton of debate about its causes, effects, and treatment. The effects of masturbating on the lower back are probably never going to get studied once, let alone the hundreds of times it would take to make a definitive and final declaration.

I’ll still venture this, as a layman: I actually believe the claims about the knees and lower back are true. I am extremely skeptical about the hair-growth claims. However, even regarding the latter, I think it’s within the realm of possibility. I’d be highly interested to see some study on this, but I am not holding my breath.

So there you have it. Those are the claims that ancient sages, modern laymen, modern scientists, and your humble blogger have made about the benefits of not masturbating. Either all these things are true, or none of them are, or some of them are. There are no other possibilities. If you think you already know that none of them are even possible, well then, you are privy to some science that I’m unaware of. If you think that some of them are true, or some of them are possibly true in certain circumstances, I invite you to keep reading.

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