I felt that masturbation used to be an addiction for me. I did it on a regular basis, almost everyday. It was a habit that I looked forward to, but then felt crummy after for doing it. A waste of time. It even brought me to pornography because it made the experience all the more enjoyable. Masturbation was something that simply intensified my desires for women. It made me lustful and I hated that. I feel the reason why I got so overwhelmed and addicted to this habit was due to my cultural and religious traditions. I'm not supposed to date and the way we do things is built on this concept of segregation and keeping guys/girls separate. While I didn't date and kept no meaningful friendships with girls on the surface, it drove me insane inside. In secret I'd watch pornography and masturbate to satisfy those animalistic desires. Thinking back I felt like an animal. It was the only way I could cope. So how did I *beat* it. I had tried many times before, but I kept coming back to it. I couldn't resist. What changed this time around was my approach. I tried dealing with the underlying problem, my interactions with girls. Mind you I'm still having tonnes of trouble interacting with girls now. I hope to get better. I just became better friends with them. When in the past I wouldn't hang out with them or talk to them, I changed that behaviour. I still feel like a kid when it comes to these things. I don't know how to get closer to a girl, ask one out on a date, let a girl know that I like them. However, the fact that I just increased my time spent with them made giving up the habit easier. I haven't masturbated in six months. This basically began right when I began getting to know some of the girls in my program at uni. Of course there have been some unsuspecting consequences. I have a mad crush on one of the girls in my program and I can't seem to get her off my mind, but I think that's still one better than masturbating. I wonder what are all your thoughts and experiences?