Adult Shops Cannot Keep Up with Demand for Sex Dolls During the Pandemic Lockdown

Now that the pandemic is adversely affecting the world, a lot of people are hot on sex dolls.

The demand for human-like silicone dolls has surged so much amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Now, suppliers are having a hard time keeping up with production.

Sex dolls were once unaccepted by society. In fact, people who are interested in buying a sex doll find a hard time looking for a place where they can purchase one. But now, these human-like silicon dolls are becoming mainstream. While some still do not accept its existence. Some learned to embrace the fact that sex dolls are here to stay. 

Adult Shops Cannot Keep Up with Demand for Sex Dolls During the Pandemic Lockdown

Sex Doll Genie, a Florida-based company recorded a surge in orders by more than 51 percent in the months of February and March. This happened when lockdowns were implemented in the US, as well as other countries. 

According to the company’s co-founder Janet Stevenson, they have a lot of products in stock. However, they cannot work fast enough in order to keep up with the growing demand. Stevenson also added that the company is hiring as quickly as it can. They have also created a number of new roles in customer support and fulfillment management in both the US and Europe. 

The company’s co-founder also said that Sex Doll Genie, which is selling made-to-order, realistic-looking sex dolls, has received hundreds of more inquiries compared to their usual in the past two months.

Sex Doll Genie recorded a total of 51. 6 percent increase in orders from single men in February and March. In addition, it saw a 33.2 percent year-on-year growth in orders placed by couples during the month of April.

Similarly, CMG Leisure, another sex toy company based in the UK, has also found themselves short-staffed as their sales significantly surged amid the pandemic.

It is worth noting that sex dolls are already pretty popular before the pandemic. But the lockdown implementations caused by this pandemic have made the dolls even more popular. In fact, there is a hotel in Hong Kong that was turned into a sex doll brothel during the pandemic in order to keep up with the loss of customers who check-in. Not surprisingly, the sex doll brothel became famous among people who want to experience using sex dolls but do not have enough money to buy their own.

At first glance, it is pretty obvious that the growing demand is brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are alone in quarantine and are not with intimate partners. For this reason, the idea that a sex doll could provide company while their partner is away is not at all outlandish.

Moreover, the demand for female-looking silicone dolls is not just coming from single men. Notably, single men are the demographic that is traditionally associated with the sex doll market.

Dr. Kate Devlin said in her recent book entitled Turned On: Science, Sex, and Robots that sex dolls are mainly associated with single men. However, these dolls are also frequently bought by couples, people who have disabilities, as well as parents whose adult children are socially excluded. 

In an interview with Forbes, Stevenson said that there is a change in the demographic of those who buy sex dolls. She noted that what is interesting about the massive surge is that the demographic is also changing. This is very positive for the sex doll industry as it is speaking about the change in attitudes at home. 

In the interview, Stevenson said that the increase in demand is an indication the use of sex dolls is now becoming mainstream. She added that men and women are now both enthusiastic about bringing a doll inside their bedroom. 

Another Sex Doll Genie co-founder, Amit, Stevenson’s husband, said that the demand is fueled by couples.

Amit told the UK’s Daily Star that they see that the sex doll industry would go through a revolution in the middle of the pandemic. This is due to the significant increase in orders coming from both couples, as well as single men and women. 

Sex Doll Genie Wants to Introduce A Breathing Sex Doll

What is interesting is that the company is planning to introduce sex robots that breathe and have a heartbeat. 

Adult Shops Cannot Keep Up with Demand for Sex Dolls During the Pandemic Lockdown

Amit noted that he has not yet seen breathing sex robots used on a person. Such dolls are still in production. However, the company is getting to the point where they can call the breathing doll a sex robot. But they will still technically function as sex dolls. 

People are Quick to Adapt to Technology

According to history, people are surprisingly quick to anthropomorphize technology. One of the earliest examples of artificial intelligence was ELIZA. This is a language processor created by Joseph Weizenbaum in 1966. Looking at today’s standards, ELIZA is a rudimentary conversation stimulator that is only capable of short dialogue. Yet, people are so drawn by it, despite knowing the fact that it was a computer program. Many users said that they preferred interacting with ELIZA than to another human being. 

In an observation done by David Levy, a British AI expert, he found out that humans form strong bonds or attachments even to technology without AI. In Love and Sex with Robots, a book written by Levy, he cited a study of AIBO robotic dog owners. The study found out that a significant number of owners attributed genuine feelings and intentional behaviors to their robotic dogs. Levy wrote that people want to perceive their robotic pets as real pets. For this reason, they attribute doglike emotions to them.

Adult Shops Cannot Keep Up with Demand for Sex Dolls During the Pandemic Lockdown

It’s clear to see that the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns caused by it contributes to the drastic surge in the demand for sex dolls. People who are feeling lonely are finding companies in these female silicone dolls. On the other hand, some who use sex dolls are using them out of cautiousness. The coronavirus can be transmitted through direct contact. For this reason, people are afraid to have sex with actual people, thinking that they might contract the fatal virus.

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