AN INTERVIEW WITH A GUY WHO DIDN’T MASTURBATE OR HAVE SEX FOR 100 DAYS – Jul 22 2014
On April 5, 2014, Rory Patrick announced to his Twitter followers that he was going to stop masturbating for 100 days. Soon, a hashtag was started: #Rory100…
Rory was unaware of the Nofap community when he started this. He took this mission on for himself, and rather than engage with the Fapstronauts, he tweeted frequently about his progress to his followers. On July 13, this masochistic endeavor finally came to an end. I could finally talk to him about it, and find out whether the benefits of not masturbating are real, without having to try for myself.
VICE: So obviously I have to know why. Why did you do this to yourself, and why 100 days? One-hundred days dude. Why? WHY?
Rory Patrick: I’d just noticed how jerking off had altered the trajectory of my day-to-day life. For instance, sometimes I’d planned to go to the gym or go on a run, and then I’d say to myself, “Okay, you’re going to run, so let’s have a nice moment to yourself before that.” After masturbating, though, I’d find myself curled up in my bed watching television with a bag of chips instead of actually running. Cumming was also my primary coping strategy for stress or pain and that just didn’t seem healthy at all. So, when a friend of mine was talking about a group of people that were going without for 90 days, I just competitively reacted, saying that I could do 100 days. I just hoped that the challenge would give me the impetus to be cum-free for a while.
So you made the decision and then charted your 100 days with a hashtag on Twitter. What has support been like?
It has been heartwarming. The Twitter community can be so overwhelmingly positive and supportive. My friend Josh and I started taking pictures of ourselves doing that salute from The Hunger Games and people caught on and would take pictures of themselves doing the salute with the hashtag. It let me know people were thinking about me and kept me honest, because it seemed like people were having fun with it. I didn’t want to ruin it one night because I was stressed about work and needed to rub one out. You had some people that asked every week if I’d cum yet and some others that would intermittently send me nudes to try and tempt me into succumbing to cumming, but generally people were just behind me and hoping I lasted the 100 days.
No masturbating for 100 days for 13.8K Twitter followers…just doesn’t seem worth it to me. Because make no mistake about it this was a big time social media power play. Got to do something outrageous these days to get those follows up, and swearing off cumming for 100 days with it’s very own hashtag is right up there on how it’s done. I mean if jerking off is such a real, legitimate problem for you that you can’t go to the gym or eat or sleep or function in general, you don’t need a 100 day hiatus highlighted by tweets. You need some big time psychotherapy. But if getting some more action on your Twitter timeline is your goal then it’s a little more acceptable.
I’d say you’d have to get up to at least 100K and some Z-list internet celebrity gig to justify it though, but I don’t know, maybe when you don’t work on a blog constantly patrolling the internet for hot girls 10 hours a day it’s a little easier to refrain.
PS – Would love to know what video Rory went with on night 101. That’s something you’ve got to be thinking about and planning NONSTOP for 3+ months.