What is NoFap?

NoFap® is a comprehensive community-based porn recovery website. We give our users all the tools they need to quit porn, gain control over compulsive sexual behaviors, and live a higher expression of their sexuality. NoFap helps people overcome their sexual addictions so they can heal from porn-induced sexual dysfunctions, improve their relationships, and ultimately live more fulfilling lives.

We refer to the process of recovering from porn addiction as “rebooting.” Research has shown that heavy porn use can change the neural pathways of the brain causing addiction, hormonal changes, and sexual dysfunction. The rebooting process is intended to restore these neural pathways to factory settings, so to speak.

Rebooting is a personal process with no single correct approach. We challenge our users to abstain from pornography, masturbation, or even sex altogether for a period of time. Rebooting the brain by abstaining from these behaviors has freed many users from porn addiction and porn-induced sexual dysfunction.

We provide our members tools they can use to give themselves the best possible chance at rebooting. Our community forum is an active medium of peer-to-peer support, while reboot challenges, competitions, and events motivate our members by gamifying the rebooting process. New videos, podcasts, and blog posts are regularly added to a growing catalog of content created to inspire and inform.

NoFap’s forum provides several opportunities for our users to engage with the community. Our users can journal their progress, ask questions of NoFap’s experts, and even pair up with accountability partners who’ll be valuable teammates when participating in NoFap’s challenges.

Click here to join our community and get a new grip on life with NoFap!

Beyond the website, NoFap provides tools to help ensure our users succeed. These include a web app providing instant motivation on demand as well as smartphone apps for counting successful days, providing emergency motivation, and engaging with the forum. We have developers working on other solutions, including chat rooms and an expanding library of smartphone apps.

Click here to access our Emergency Motivation web app

Additionally, NoFap has introduced the NoFap Academy which sends a weekly newsletter with tips from our reboot experts Alexander Rhodes and Mark Queppet. The NoFap Academy also hosts Reboot Camp, a solution for users who want to take a more in-depth approach to their reboot.

Click here to enroll in NoFap Academy

Beyond the scope of providing tools and support to our members, NoFap raises awareness among the general community regarding the harmful effects porn can have on sexual health, relationships and society by conducting polls, posting new scientific findings, and engaging with the media.

What NoFap Is Not

Over the years, we’ve noticed several common misconceptions about NoFap continue to circulate. We’d like to take the opportunity to address them here.

“NoFap” is neither a verb nor a principle. It’s the name of an organization and its associated website, tools, and services. NoFap was originally founded by Alexander Rhodes on June 20, 2011 as a forum on the social media platform reddit and has since grown to become much more! Alexander coined our name “NoFap” from the term “fap,” which originated in manga comics as an onomatopoeia representing the sound of masturbation. Now, “NoFap” is simply a proper nouna label for a website and organization that helps people quit porn use through education and support. Our users have the freedom to choose how they reboot. Many stop masturbating for a period of time, while others do not. To claim that all of NoFap’s users no longer masturbate is an inaccurate characterization of our website. NoFap is a name that evokes our origins, but does not truly encapsulate our mission.

NoFap is not a movement. It’s just a website. Some have mistaken NoFap as a “movement,” but participants in a movement rally behind a common political, social, or moral ideal. The fact is NoFap’s users come here to improve themselves, not to improve the whole world. Far from being a single-minded movement, our users are a diverse group who find common ground in only one thingthey believe abstaining from individually-elected sexual behaviors for a period of time will improve their lives. Get any more specific than that, and you’ll find there aren’t many things our users can agree on! Users set their own reboot goals. NoFap is here to help them succeed.

NoFap is not a religious website. NoFap approaches the matter of porn addiction from a secular, science-based viewpoint. We do not take a stance on the morality of pornography use or masturbation. We think there is a growing body of both scientific and anecdotal evidence that pornography can be addictive and harm many users. We rely on that evidence to form our opinions rather than on religious scripture or doctrine. Alexander Rhodes, NoFap’s founder, is openly non-religious. Others associated with the organization come from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs, and we encourage our users to practice spirituality to quit porn if they find it helpful. We recognize that we will help the most people by turning no one away based on their religious faith or lack thereof.

NoFap is not an anti-masturbation website. A clear majority of NoFap’s users and administrators alike agree that there’s nothing inherently wrong with masturbation. A small number of users may believe otherwise, perhaps due to their moral principles, but find NoFap’s broad-minded approach works better for them than the moralistic focus of “chastity” websites that dot the Internet. NoFap does not encourage lifelong abstinence from masturbation or sexual behavior. Rather, we encourage our users to abstain for a period of time for the duration of their rebootstypically around ninety days. While some abstain for longer periods of timeeven for lifemost of our users then return to masturbation having freed themselves of the need to use pornography. Our users choose what is healthiest for them and best serves their goals.

NoFap does not support legislation to restrict the creation or consumption of pornography. In an interview with Maclean’s Magazine, NoFap’s founder Alexander Rhodes described himself as “‘an Internet-freedom zealot’ who thinks the dangerous effects of porn are best dealt with in sex-ed class and not through government regulation.” NoFap believes that the solution to porn addiction comes from education rather than legislation. We believe in an individual’s right to make his or her own decisions. We empower those individuals who choose to quit porn with the resources they need to follow through on that choice.

NoFap is not a sex-negative website. In fact, we believe that quitting porn is one of the most sex-positive choices a person can make. NoFap doesn’t argue that individuals should abstain from sex or masturbation altogether for the rest of their lives, nor do we argue that individuals should “save themselves for marriage.” We might recommend that our users abstain from sex for the limited duration of their reboot. However, we ultimately want people to enjoy sex! We argue that heavy porn use makes real sex less enjoyable by desensitizing the brain’s reward system, which has consequences on sexual performance and intimacy. Most users return to sex soon after their reboots only to report vastly improved sex lives.

NoFap’s community is not homogenous. There are members of NoFap of all genders, races, backgrounds, and beliefs. Several media outlets have typecasted our users as being American males in their 20s. While this might be a large portion of NoFap’s user base, we’re happy that our forums include voices from all over the world, from many different age groups, and include the perspectives of various sexual orientations and genders. With more voices, our community only becomes stronger and more supportive, and that means a better chance at success for all our users.


  • Jermaine November 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I had a sore throat back in Oct. Of this year which restricted from physical activity and have not pleasure since. I admit still get erections of course, but fortunately no releases. So with being my question is how can stop fantasing and control erections. Keep answers straightforward please.

    • ffff December 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      by dying. seriously. the urge for reproduction aka sex is the most basic human instinct. its not normal if u never have any sexual fantasies or such.

    • Max January 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      to have a boner, in the nights is kind of preventing from becoming completely impotent, i heared.

    • tips January 27, 2015 at 12:47 am

      try looking more at dead people or dread corpse video when decomposing, u can try to link to dead body everytime u have some reaction…

      • me May 14, 2015 at 2:54 am

        That’s how you create necrophilia. It’s like watching gore porn or other stuff that is sick in your opinion. Your mind is going to get used to it. If you always watch such thinks in sexual arousal you will not link sex to bad stuff but the gross pictures to sex. After a while you can watch dead bodies to get an erection which is definitely not the goal here.
        To answer Jermaines question: You simply can’t control your phantasies. It’s the goal of this website to get yourself the personal power to avoid masturbating even if you have sexual thoughts. That’s why it’s such a challenge. If one could simply shut down all sexual desire it would be very easy. Sorry, but you can’t bypass nature. You have to stand the fight.

  • Badumc November 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve been trying to find some medical references to widely spread information that:
    Masturbation and porn addiction causes lower back pain, lack of self motivation, lack of confidance and many more. But I couldn’t find any appropriate materials.
    Does anyone have medical and psychological references to such a hypothesis?

    • China quit porn team December 4, 2014 at 7:35 am

      There is a Post Bar in China, called quit porn.This Post Bar very good.

    • Mehran January 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      I do not have any medical proof of physical affects to excess masturbation, but I have always been an active person (doing sports, etc) and recently when I jumped from about from about 5m into water, I had an unprecedented lower back pain for a month. It is all because of excess masturbation (every other day)

  • Caribou January 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Why require an e-mail? Given the many issues surrounding recovery and the need many may feel for confidentiality.

  • joe January 15, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I stumbled onto a ted talks segment called the great porn experiment and it referred me to your web site.I spent to many days and nights alone with one hand on the computer mouse and the other on the trouser mouse .I’ve lived with the isolation,the sense of hopelessness,depression,lack of intimacy with my spouse and most of the other progressive disorders associated with heavy long term use of porn.Its time to draw a line in the sand.

  • ellnback January 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I am interested to hear if anyone has quit porn out of love for their partner and the effects it has had on their relationship. The reasons given on the home page or wherever seem to be quite selfish ones. Free up space. Improve dysfunction etc. Has anyone given up because they realise and understand the impact masturbating over people who are not your partner has on their partner? I am female. I know men view porn differently to women (visual etc) for me it is deeply deeply hurtful to have my cherished partner for whom I save and direct all my sex drive and urges. Wank over other women.

    • redditor January 26, 2015 at 3:23 am

      ellnback, I recommend you post your question on reddit.com/r/nofap
      I don’t have a girlfriend atm, so I can’t really answer your q, but when I did have a gf, I very much saw porn as a betrayal. And yet it took me a long time to get off porn (and still only juuuuust managing now). All the best

    • Willpower March 6, 2015 at 4:28 am

      Hi ellnback,
      My family has this this issue. if you want to discuss the affects and how to help yourself (and your partner) regarding the addiction please email me. RufusTBMartin@gmail.com. I might be able to help.

      all the best ru

    • wife April 21, 2015 at 10:19 am

      I agree, it is hard for me to understand why men have the need for porn when i am ready and willing to do almost anything he wants even if i have had a long day….. it breaks my heart.

  • michael January 22, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    16 January 2015 is my sobriety date .I hereby commit to this new way of life. One day at a time.
    For my wife and my children.

  • Hansellout January 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    This is it – I’m doing a 100 days free of anything related to PMO. Just found this site today. I’ve done one month of no PMO a long time ago, but I’ve been inspired to break my personal record starting today – thanks to this site. Please give me some moral support as I complete this goal, thanks!

  • Andrew February 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I am on day 27 of nofap and it is reallh turning heads and sparking curiosity in others. I even have women wanting to get with me and I turn them down. It feels great having control of my life and my body, not chained down to incessant masturbstion!

  • Johnisawe February 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Found this website today. I have decided to quit porn and masturbation for lent and was looking for some help guides. This is truly a great website.

  • T April 3, 2015 at 11:35 am

    On day 5……..officially 113.5hours in of the 100 day challenge…hardest thing ever

  • Dan April 25, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Heard about nofap through a covenant eyes podcast, I’m starting today with no pmo for 90 days getting married in less than that, and feeling i need support to kill this habit

  • Ciaran May 5, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Just change your focus. When you find yourself fantasizing just catch yourself – aha – there I go again. Then turn your focus to something else. Overtime the fantasies will decrease. On the positive side put your focus into your goals or attitudes you want to develop. Where focus goes – energy flows.

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