Ask A Guy: When Do Guys Start Masturbating and Watching Porn and Why?

Dear Ethan,

What age do guys usually start watching porn and masturbating? And why?

For guys, porn watching and masturbation go hand in hand (no pun intended). And yet, the time at which guys begin experimenting with each of these male rites is usually slightly different from one another. In simpler terms, porn usually comes first; masturbation shortly after.

There’s no rule for when guys first discover porn — I can really only speak from my own personal experience. But it generally starts for most guys with being intrigued by naked women. When I was eleven years old, my best friend and I wrote, illustrated, and “published” our very own Playboy because we were too young to obtain a copy of our own. We created fictitious women with unique hobbies, traits, and physical attributes (although every one had gigantic boobs), and drew them on assembled sheets of construction paper.

Within a year, we no longer had to create sexual materials of our own, as we had discovered that late at night, HBO would air soft-core porn and episodes of the docu-series Real Sex. We would trade recorded programs on VHS tapes, and protected this contraband like Fabergé eggs, carefully hiding them under our beds to prevent confiscation. In between viewings we’d talk about the wondrous new positions we’d witnessed and experienced secondhand.

For all young boys, porn leads to erections — and for most young boys, erections lead to masturbation. Generally, sperm is first produced about a year after puberty begins, which can be when a guy is anywhere from 10 to 16 years old, though the average age is about 13. Discovery of the ability to ejaculate usually unfolds rather naturally, as most boys have been instinctively touching themselves since the age of two, so rubbing can eventually lead to a surprise orgasm. However, some well-informed guys know exactly what to do, and intentionally seek out what will result in an enormous release of tension.

Ultimately, men don’t choose to take interest in porn or begin masturbating – just like girls, we have our own set of innate impulses that cause us to gravitate towards the habits commonly enjoyed by sexual mature individuals!

Good luck!
Ethan

Ethan Fixell is a writer and comedian from New York City best known as one half of comic “dating coach” duo Dave and Ethan. When not touring the country, Ethan gives weekly advice in the video series “Dude Seriously?”. For more on Ethan, visit EthanFixell.com.

 

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3 Comments

  1. avatarTerryT says:

    I started masturbating by accident when I was 10. I was in school class and was dying to go to the toilet but the teacher wouldn’t let me. So as us guys do I was rubbing the end of my penis so as to last out till the end of the lesson when all of a sudden I had this warm tingly feeling, my first orgasm, and being honest it was good but I didn’t know what is was, in fact I wasn’t sure if I had wet myself. I had now learnt a new fun thing and masturbated every now and then still not knowing what it was but enjoying it.
    A couple of years later my parents met up with a couple and quite often we’d go to a local outdoor swimming pool as families, the couple had a daughter about my age, 12.
    I now started to notice the female form as she had developed breasts and seeing her in a bikini (not scant in the mid 60s) caused me to have erections.
    This brought a whole new light to my masturbation techniques, thinking about her as I did it. I would class that as anywhere near porn status, just a young boys fantasy and imagination.
    A couple of years later, remember we didn’t have the internet then, when I was 14 and in high school I was given a men’s magazine, if I remember right it was Mayfair.
    Wow the female form totally naked, amazing.
    So you can put it down to, start masturbating at 10, fantasising at 12 and looking at porn at 14. Porn is more readily available these day with the internet so I would say looking at porn these days would be nearer to the age of 12.
    Do I still masturbate, yes and look at porn, yes and I see no harm in at even though it won’t be long until I reach 60 and am happily married having an OK sex life.

  2. avatarAnon says:

    Different boys discover it in different ways. I originally had no interest in these kinds of things but I had a friend who was a pretty bad influence on me at the time and he told me all about it. Even after that it still took a bit of time before I eventually tried it out myself but I had no interest in doing it regularly. I think I started masturbating regularly when I was 14 or 15, but I had masturbated a few times previously so knew what I was doing. I think it was the discovery of the fact that I could ejaculate (or maybe my developing hormones) that lead to me masturbating because I felt aroused rather than just because I had nothing better to do.

  3. avatarDig Bick says:

    I started when I was 12!! Now Bree Olson is my favorite pornstar to masterbate to!

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