The first few months without any release were very intense, and I couldn't stop thinking of it. But maybe I could go completely without if I had been kept for longer. However, I would be world champion by the time I was 25 ... 🤣.
Fortunately, I didn't have an option to test whether I would masturbate less or not. I agree with you: it would be fine until I eventually started overdoing it again.
Of course, you can't avoid attractive people. And being constantly horny makes it easier to spot them. Best to either do something that you need to do (shift your attention) or ignore them (that's hard) and go elsewhere (if possible). To be honest, I do get "hard" from time to time - but it's actually a quite nice reminder that you've got something other than the cage down there.