What is “Fapping”?
Fapping is a popular internet slang for masturbation. It originally referred to male masturbation but has since been adopted by people of all gender identities.
Fapping or “to fap” is slang for the act of masturbation. Fapping originally referred to male masturbation and is meant to describe the sound of a male jerking-off. This onomatopoeic reference to male masturbation originated in a 1999 online comic posted to the website The Thin H Line created by Clay. The Thin H Line took its inspiration from a classic 1990’s manga/hentai by the name of Heartbroken Angels.
The term fap or fapping soon grew in popularity across various internet message boards and chatrooms. In 2002 it was officially recognized on UrbanDictionary.com and defined by an early forum called, General Mayhem as “The sound made while masturbating. Guys fap. Girls paf or ‘squish.'” thought the later female based slang has largely been abandoned. Since 2010, fap has overtaken and or equaled the use of masturbating or masturbation in Google searches and usage on the web itself.
In the summer of 2014, Fapping broke into the mainstream news cycle and consciousness with the release of nude photographs of celebrities in an event called “The Fappening.” Many major news networks including CNN, Fox News, Reuters, and others reported on the leaks, hacks, and subsequent fallout of The Fappening. This cemented the cultural reference into the public lexicon. “Fap” has been officially recognized by the Oxford English language dictionary and is now commonly used both on and offline.
Like many other euphemisms for masturbation, Fapping is a response to modern-day jargon. Masturbation and jerking off are terms that have been popularized in recent decades. Frigging, which is considered to be the ancestor of Fapping, and the biblical euphemism “spilling one’s seed” have also seen long stints of popularity throughout history. In modern days, fapping and the act of the fap has cemented itself in both youth and internet culture as the slang of choice to describe self-pleasure.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Masturbation is usually done alone or can be done with a partner for mutual masturbation. There are many types of toys available to assist in masturbation including Fleshlights and other sleeves for men or various dildoes and vibrators for women.