According to a Canadian professor, technology is changing more than the way we work and communicate. It’s shaping the future of our romantic relationships.
Dr. Neil McArthur of the University of Manitoba has gone so far as to coin the terms “digisexualities” and “digisexual” for people who use technology as their primary source of sexual gratification.
In a study published this month, McArthur wrote “Radical new sexual technologies, which we term ‘digisexualities,’ are here. As these technologies advance, their adoption will grow, and many people may come to identify themselves as ‘digisexuals’ – people whose primary sexual identity comes through the use of technology.”
McArhur argues that all clinicians will have to update their assumptions and practices to accommodate this new sexuality.
“Clinicians must be prepared for the challenges and benefits associated with the adoption of such sexual technologies,” he declares, before going on to say:
“Guidelines for helping individuals and relational systems make informed choices regarding participation in technology-based activities of any kind, let alone ones of a sexual nature, are few and far between. Thus, a framework for understanding the nature of digisexuality and how to approach it is imperative.”
The professor not only proclaims that “the era of immersive virtual sex has arrived.” He also suggests that for many people, sexual technology will become preferable to intercourse with actual human beings.
“Many people will find that their experiences with this technology become integral to their sexual identity and some will prefer them to direct sexual interactions with humans.”
“These robots will be tailor-made to meet people’s desires and will do things that human partners cannot or will not do. For this reason, significant numbers of people will likely come to use robots as their primary mode of sexual experience.”
While McArthur touches on the subject of “ethical implications,” he doesn’t elaborate on what those might be–nor how sexual relations with robots might affect humans on an individual and societal level.
Sexual technology is already becoming commonplace in Europe, with robot “brothels” springing up around the continent.
Earlier this year, a sex robot named Samantha was brutally used while on display at a tech fair in Austria, Daily Mirror reports.
A crowd of eager men left the robot “heavily soiled” and with two broken fingers.
Is this technology an innocent release of sexual energy as its proponents claim? Or will it have a devastating impact on our mental health and morality?
We’ve entered an era in which reality truly is stranger than fiction.