Oh wow, I am so glad to have come across this thread. It's exactly what I needed right now. Funny, enlightening and helpful.
I struggle with watching porn on a consistent basis. I'm not totally sure I'm "addicted" to it, although many times I believed I was. But regardless, I've tried SO many times to quit, which just goes to show the sheer stranglehold lust and sex can have on the mind.
So, using the recommendations posted here, I will try my best to abstain from porn and masturbation.
That being said, I will say I'm among the lot who doesn't necessarily have a problem with porn and masturbation in and of itself. I do believe porn has good uses such as being helpful for couples and providing an avenue for people to express themselves if they so choose to in that way.
But knowing what I know of the harm the sex industry can have on the women involved, I would also say I would rather not continue indulging. Being Buddhist gives me even more reason not to.
Plus, I'm being totally dishonest when I watch it. I live with my parents and they have a no-porn policy on their computers. So I have to be sneaky when I watch it. I'm done with being dishonest. And I just feel bad when I do it.
I don't want to be a slave to porn, and I feel I will be if I run away from it, so to speak. Instead of setting my computer so that I can't watch porn, I would like to train my mind to effectively deal with arousal and the urge to masturbate so that I can overcome the urge without necessarily having to run away from it. That way, when I'm home alone and have the computer to myself, and I get the urge, I can be confident that I can overcome it without having to do anything to the computer. This will be helpful for when I get my personal laptop working again...