Digisexuality

Despite the fact that you might not have heard the term ‘digisexual’ we might all fall inside its spectrum. The term, developed in 2017 by North American academics Neil McArthur and Markie Twist, is used to describe someone whose “primary sexual identity comes through the use of technology”.

But what does this really mean and what are its implications?

On one end of the spectrum, we find individuals who identify as digisexuals and exclusively engage in sexual activities with digital entities, eliminating human contact. At the other end, many argue that considering the pervasiveness of technology in our current lives, we all exhibit elements of digisexuality to some extent. These people would consider anyone who has ever done anything like sending a sext, using a smart vibrator, or watching VR porn as part of the digisexual ‘club’.

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No matter where you find yourself on this spectrum, it’s undeniably an intriguing idea that will certainly shape our future interactions with technology. Check out this comedy sketch of a mom trying to be supportive of her daughter’s AI boyfriend for a tongue-in-cheek reminder of how quickly our world is evolving.

Technology is increasingly integrated into our daily lives, including our sexual experiences from basic vibrators to advanced AI-based sex dolls. There are two waves of digisexuality: The first wave is recognized by those who grew up in a technologically advanced world, using devices and apps to facilitate human-to-human interaction may seem normal. These include sextinghookups via dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, long-distance Zoom chats, and flirting through direct messages on Instagram. The second wave is consider an immersion into the technology such as VR, interactive sex dolls and even AI. With these innovations, a human companion is not necessarily required for a sexual encounter.

With time, technology will probably only become more ingrained in our romantic relationships, and for the majority of people, it will probably serve only as an enhancement or accessory to time-honored customs. Even if you’ve never heard the phrase “digisexual,” chances are you’ve seen some variation, most likely in a science fiction film.

Researchers predict that many people may eventually “come to use robots as their primary mode of sexual experience” because they are tailored to individuals’ desires and “will do things that human partners cannot or will not do.” Even though it is uncertain where the future of digisexuality lies, it is crucial to take into account the creation of sexual identity for those who like their experiences to be electronically centered.

Digisexuality is here to stay

Even though digisexuality may sound like a new idea or identity, it is becoming increasingly normalized as everyone has, in one way or another, engaged with it due to the omnipresence of technology in our everyday lives.

The psychological and social changes that are occurring as a result of this can be dutifully managed as humans easily adapt. Of course, there are ethics to consider, as with any new idea adopted by people en-masse. The future of digisexuality is something to look forward to, as technological advancements are growing speedily.

Whether we’re ready for them or not, digisexuality is here to stay. We shouldn’t be afraid of it. Instead, be open to experimenting and taking advantage of its benefits. People may miss out on activities they could truly enjoy because of their apprehension about sex and technology.

The emergence of digisexuality as a novel identity could potentially provide individuals with a broader platform to explore and genuinely express themselves. It would be smart for legislators and law enforcement agencies to anticipate this evolution, ensuring a safe and secure environment as this concept continues to permeate globally.

This article was modified by an original piece from SexTechGuide.com originally posted on June 30, 2023.

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