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.
Just because something cannot be proved causally, doesn't mean that empirical analysis don't have any force with them.
With sexual activities considered taboo, some of the only things that could be studied in these regards was how PMO would change the lives of people today.
Gary's brilliance is evident in Your Brain on Porn. I highly recommend each and every male to read it.
Gary continues to live on within us!
Rest in peace king! Thank you for showing us that we are entrapped in a vicious cycle, and explained it to us. You helped me personally.
Gary Wilson, God rest his soul had a greatly positive impact on the lives of thousands of people. As far as I can tell he was the first to shine a light on the dangers and downsides of pornography and not only that he did it in a comprehensive study as well. The man was not afraid to take a stand because he knew was doing the right thing! May he rest in peace, Legend!
For 20 years I've been trying to stop the cycle of pornography in my life. A couple of years ago, I had finally resided within myself that it was just a part of my life. After years and years of failed attempts to overcome the cycle, what else was there than to live a life with porn as a part of it even with all of its negative impacts!? Then, one day in a passing conversation with a new friend, YBOP came up. I had not heard of the book or the author. I picked up Gary Wilson's book a little over a year ago, and for the first time in over 20 years, I finally feel as though just possibly I will one day break - no, reshape - my life without porn as a part of it. Wilson's work has more than inspired me, it has given me great hope. I'm very much still on the "re-booting" journey, but it's with the mindset that "this" WILL HAPPEN. Thank you, Gary. Thank you.
I remember when he took time to personally answer questions through email regarding addiction a couple of years ago.
Gary, your work is not being forgotten. It has helped so many of us, thank you.
Thank you for your help. You have changed many people's lives.
Thank Gary for opening our eyes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A great man who has helped so many with all that he could give will always be remembered. So sorry that Mr. Wilson is no longer with us. His great work and spirit live on. I send my deepest condolences to his wife and son.
I was broken and now I feel alive. A true hero. You will be sadly missed.