Posting on a Catholic forum, I would like to think that the users here understand how pornography addiction is so very harmful to body, mind, and soul. But thinking back, I’ve been Catholic for my whole life, and went through most of my life without knowing the harmful effects of pornography and only hearing that it is sinful. So if you are not aware of just how harmful pornography is, please refrain from posting your opinion and watch this video by Matt Fradd: youtu.be/JNsEdEZXhdE
I think it’s amazing that there are people in secular society who recognize just how harmful pornography is, and how beneficial it is to break out of porn addiction. If you want to see what I mean, check out this thread on a secular (I repeat, secular) forum: reddit.com/r/NoFap/comments/3j73u5/the_benefits_of_nofap/
Now to the main topic: Without giving a detailed personal account, I would like to hear your opinions about when it is appropriate to date after breaking out of an addiction to pornography and masturbation. How long should a man remain free from his addiction to porn and masturbation before pursuing a relationship?
The reason I ask is because pornography addiction warps perception and damages relationships (some of this is addressed in the Matt Fradd video posted above). Also, the human brain has a way of pulling us back into our old habits, as much as we try to cut them out of our lives (youarenotsosmart.com/2010/07/07/extinction-burst/ - easy to understand, includes one explicit word). So even though I have been free from porn and masturbation for a time, the reality is that the strong temptation to turn back to it can reappear at any time.
So how long should a man remain free from his addiction to porn and masturbation before pursuing a relationship?