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Are We All Technosexuals Now?

Accepted submission by fliptop at 2024-02-09 15:06:23 from the I'm-uncomfortable-reducing-sex-to-a-1-or-0 dept.

In 2024 we are not yet completely inured to the latest technology — smart sex toys that track your orgasms, virtual-reality hookups [], chatbot sexting — but we may be on our way. In less than 10 years’ time, “app dating” became simply “dating.”

What will seem routine at the end of the next decade []?

Feeding, fighting, fleeing and sex — in 1958, the neuropsychologist Karl H. Pribram identified these as the four basic drives that underpin human behavior, influencing everything we do. There are thousands of apps, websites and devices for food, arguing and transportation, and maybe even more for sex.

When dating apps like Grindr and Tinder first arrived, some speculated that they signaled the dawning of a new era of technosexuality [], in which our sexual and romantic lives would be mediated by machines. Now it seems quaint to worry about how online dating might shape us, not because it hasn’t, but because technology has become so entwined with human desire that it’s challenging to separate our sexuality — itself inextricable from what makes us human — from the technology we use to express it.

We may like to imagine a distant future where humans and robots merge in virtual realms, but it may already be here. We meet dates on our phones, watch pornography on our tablets and bicker with our partners over text [].

[...] The boom in sex tech has coincided with what some have called a sex recession [], the pronounced slowdown in sex for Americans that started in the 1990s. In 2024, with A.I. and V.R. creating more hyper-stimulating sensory expenses, the chasm between the sex we have online and the sex we have I.R.L. may be widening.


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