I am 54 years old. As best as I can remember, I started masturbating at age 12. My father had told me that masturbating would cause insanity and/or blindness. I had been introduced to sex around that time by my cousins who were near my age. I remember how good it felt entering a woman and how hard my penis was. My first ejaculation was a surprise. My female cousin stopped having intercourse with me and her brother, and I wanted that feeling of ejaculation again. After that, it seems I was always playing with myself.
I'm 22 and from Wisconsin. I began masturbating just before my 12th birthday. Within a few weeks I experienced my first ejaculation. Not knowing what it was, I was alarmed and stopped masturbating for several days -- but soon the urge was too great and I resumed, without much care.
I have had erections as long as I can remember, but I was not aware they could be manually induced by playing with your penis until I turned 8. I grew up rather isolated since most of my childhood was spent on a farm and I was an only child. Sex was not taught; you just picked it up. I guess I was not as precocious as some of the other boys my age, since by the age of 8 I knew that if I manipulated my penis for a while I would start getting an erection. I am sure other boys were further along in this area than I was.
When I was 10 or 11 I started having "wet dreams" 1 or 2 times a week. My school friends were having them also, and we would compare experiences. My buddy and I went to the local library and started reading sex books for pre-teens and adolescent males. We learned what "wet dreams" were all about, about erections, masturbation, and ejaculating. My older brother didn't tell me a thing, and neither did my dad.
I was raised in a Catholic house -- but that didn't stop me from discovering this wonder of nature!
The first time I really ever heard of masturbation was when I was in 5th grade. There were 4 teachers -- 2 male and 2 female; we split up with the guys in 2 rooms and the girls in 2 rooms. We talked about puberty and masturbation. Nobody openly said they masturbated or even understood what the heck it even was. Everyone assumed you were gay if you did it, and that it wasn't normal for any guy to do it.
I was really naive when I hit puberty. I was about 12 and was at summer camp for the first time when I "discovered" my penis. It seemed to go from little-boy-size to a 5" erection practically overnight, but I had no idea what to do with it. At camp, we had 5 kids and a counselor in each tent. The counselor was never around when we had to be in bed, so there was always a lot of talk among the boys.
One of my first masturbation memories is of being in our basement alone watching TV. I was about 11, and the movie "Bye Bye Birdie," starring Ann-Margret, was on. She was still a teenager then, and damn, was she cute. It was the early '60s, and we just got our first color TV (yes, kids, there was a time without color TV).
I'm not sure how old I was the first time I masturbated -- 10 or 11, I think. I hadn't started puberty yet, I know that much. I've always like to read, and one day I had run out of library books and was desperate so I was reading my mother's "MS" Magazine. There was an Ann Landers-type column, and some woman had written that when she was a little girl her mother caught her in the bathtub with the water running onto her clitoris. She was so upset that even as an adult she could take showers only.
I am in my 50s and live in the center of Europe. The first time I came in contact with masturbation was when I was about 4. A same-age friend of mine and I were playing in a small forest, when an older guy of 10 or 12 joined us. Soon we were sitting under the bushes and discussing all sorts of things. We must have been talking about the opposite sex, when the older boy undid his trousers and started to rub his penis. He invited us to do the same, but with our 3 to 4 centimeters only at the time, we both were ashamed to unpack our treasure.