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Sir, I am a 16 year old male and I have been masturbating for the past 4 years. However since one year or so, I have found myself overly addicted to masturbation to the extent that I do it twice or thrice per day. I am concerned about this addiction as this has become a distraction to me. Please do tell me how often is it advisable to do it. Also kindly do tell me about the ill effects of this addiction.

Masturbating twice or even thrice daily is more typical of a 13 or 14 year old than a male your age.  That doesn't mean it's necessarily wrong, only that most guys your age masturbate about once a day, or maybe 9 or 10 times a week.  It is not necessarily an addiction.  Often it is just what guys do.  If it really bothers you, then consider cutting down to once a day.  No male would say that's too often.


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