I just heard the news of Gary's passing and my heart was at an unease for a moment.
I can from a Muslim community in Southern California and I used Gary's work in my presentations to parents about the negative effects of pornography on the brain. I think most of us were highly appreciative of Gary not bringing religion into the question of whether pornography is good or bad, moral or immoral, sin or lawful. No Bible or Quran
passages quoted just raw science.
Thank you Gary and you will be missed,
Having only found out about the loss of Gary Wilson today, I am extremely saddened at his passing and my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.
Without this man and his insights, I can safely say I would not be where I am today. Your work literally changed the course of my life and for that I am eternally grateful. I will continue to share your work and keep your legacy alive.
Thank you for everything.
I never met this man. But I cant stop my tears.
Gary you changed my life through your research and wisdom. Thank you for everything, rest in peace.
You have given me and many others hope. Thank you for everything and rest in peace. With love from India
I can't believe that this great man has passed away.. Gary rest in peace sir, you have changed the life of milions of young men around the world who thought that life was becoming more and more meaningless. Your work will truly never be forgotten.
This made me very sad.
I don´t believe it, This Man change my life, i can´t quantifier how he impacted my life, i don´t have words to thank all he made for me, how much i sorry. his legacy keep live, R.I.P
Gary played a major role in my liberation from a 16year- compulsive porn use and masturbation. His book and afterwards the articles on his site armed me with the knowledge I have put into winning this battle. I'm eternally grateful.
Gary Wilson changed my life. I cried when I heard about his passage. But he'll live on with me through every other day I celebrate my triumph over this scourge that held me down for almost two decades.
Rest in peace, Gary. You'll be forever remembered.
I remember I was watching random YouTube videos a few months ago and came across an amazing talk about something that was never talked about in the society I used to live in. I quickly scrolled down to find the name Gary Wilson written in the video description.
Gary's compassion while dealing with such a sensitive topic in his TED talk was felt by millions around the world. Months later, I am, mentally, the healthiest I've ever been.
But with a heavy heart, I've come here to wish that may Gary Rest in peace, for the work he started will continue forever and his words will continue to make significant impact in the lives of millions around the world.
I give my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
Gary, I’m from Brazil and I wanna say thank you for you speak in Ted Talk. Thats really change my life!
Gary Wilson completely changed my life 100%. I had been addicted to internet porn for over 15 years (since I was 13--more than half my life!) before discovering YBOP (and especially his hour-long presentation on Youtube). Seeing all the research on the harms that pornography causes (many of which I saw in my own life and had no idea were caused by porn!) absolutely blew my mind. What affected me the most was learning that the reason why porn was so infernally hard to quit was because it is an addiction. I always thought the strong cravings etc. I got every time I tried to quit was because I was a pathetic weakling with no self-control, learning that they are just a natural response the brain gives to giving up any addiction honestly brought me to tears.
Gary gave me hope when before I had none, his work and the work of YBOP has affected me for the better more than any other person or organisation I can name. He will be deeply missed by me and I am certain by many other people too.
May Gary’s family find peace through this times.
I am extremely thankful for his life. Cannot put into words what his book has meant to me.
Gary literally changed my life,I learnt a lot about porn addiction and its harm from his book & Ted talk any teenager or even adult man has to read his book and articles he posted on his website.
I will always pray for him whenever I am on this earth.
I am from china actually.when i was young,i saw my relative watching porn.After that i gradually find porn on Internet and get addicted to it.At that time ，i didn't realize the dangers of porn.Then my life became a mess and i was isolated by people.By coincidence,i found his ted talk make me realize the truth of porn.he stand out and told the world.he is so brave and kind!he also saves my life.I cant express my gratitude any more.Thanks to all your selfless dedication.Rest in pace.R.I.P
I don't know what to start with. In my life I have never seen a hero such as Gary Wilson, who against all odds, was able to raise his voice and expose pornography and its effects. He's a hero. He changed my life. He fought with the sex industry and refused to back down. You're a legend Gary Wilson. I love you.
Gary was a true legend. Phenomenal work ethic and a charitable spirit. It deeply saddened me when he died. His work turned so many lives around, including my own. We were all blessed to either be around him or learn the wisdom that he unearthed.
He changed my life and that is no understatement. I watched porn since I was about 8 and it consumed my life all the way until I was 24. I'm embarrassed to say. I didn't realize all my anxiety and shame was due to watching porn. I changed my life because I stumbled upon Gary's work. May you rest in peace Gary. Thank you for all you have done for everyone including myself. Your work and legacy live on.
Dear Gary & Family,
Gary's work had a great influence on my life, without him even knowing.
I thank him greatly for that.
His TED talk about porn addiction inspired me to get off this destructive addiction. If it wasn't for that, I've never known him, and my life was never as good as it is now.
Because of getting off my porn addiction, I was able to marry my wife. And we will build a family together.
Thank you! And God bless. Rest in peace sir.
I am very grateful for Gary for being one of the people to make me and so many other people aware that we have a problem. Altough I am far from over my problem, I believe that where Gary stood for is the truth and if I recover and many more people do follow, this world would be a better place so thanks again Gary. Peace.