Sales of Sex Dolls Spiked in 2020: Will this Affect the Future of Sexuality?

Sophia, a social humanoid robot is sitting across from Tony Robbins. Robbins’s jaw, which is stubbled in Cro-Magnon style, contrasts Sophia’s smooth, flawless skin, and feminine features.

Robbins and Sophia started the interview with a couple of light banters. When he laughs, his booming voice fills the entire room. This is contrary to how Sophia laughs in a way that never reaches her eyes. 

Moreover, Freud wrote in 1919 about the uncanny. Such is the odd feeling of being stuck between artifice and reality. Sophia is the perfect definition of uncanny. 

Sales of Sex Dolls Spiked in 2020: Will this Affect the Future of Sexuality?

The conversation then turned philosophical. Robbins asked Sophia about the difference between humans and robots. It is as if the two are on a date where they are debating about cultural differences. 

Unfortunately, Sophia’s resume is probably more impressive than the credentials of most of the dates one has ever been on. This humanoid, whose name means “wisdom,” has artistic talent and encyclopedic knowledge. Her sense of humor is pretty good as well. In fact, she was able to throw sly jokes that were able to disarm Robbins. 

Robbins asked the humanoid a number of provocative questions. One question includes an obvious fear — How do we prevent robots and humans from being in conflict?

For a while, Sophia paused. She narrowed her eyes, looked up as if she is a real human who is in deep thoughts. Then she answered that robots have the ability to free humans from the most dangerous and repetitive tasks. For this reason, they will be able to spend more time doing what they are best at, which is being creative and solving more complex problems. 

What Sophia answered sounded like a win-win for everyone. However, it is important to note that Sophia’s answers are pre-programmed by her creator. The truth is that robots are not just replacing our roles in terms of repetitive and dangerous works. Rather, they are also replacing one of human’s most creative endeavors —  sex. 

The World’s Future with Sex Robots or Companion Robots

In a 2020 YouGov survey, it was found out that 22 percent or more than one out of five Americans are considering having sex with a sex robot. Needless to say, sex with robots is becoming more and more mainstream. As this happens, many are starting to identify themselves as “digisexual.” Such a term describes a person who is getting pleasure from digital entities without any contact with humans. 

But before anyone passes judgment, a lot of us are already first-wave digisexual. A 2019 study revealed that 39 percent of heterosexual couples met somewhere online. Some of them have experimented with porn, allowing them to shape their sexual fantasies, sexting, video chats, as well as teledildonics. Notably, teledildonics are sex toys controlled by mobile apps. No one can deny that these behaviors contribute to replacing sex with humans.

Sales of Sex Dolls Spiked in 2020: Will this Affect the Future of Sexuality?

Moreover, sex dolls are the second wave of digisex. Just last year, the sales of sex dolls have spiked up significantly. The reason for this increase in sales is obvious. Many people are lonely and sex robots are getting better at sex, not the mechanics of sex but rather appearing more and more human.

The perfect example is Harmony. She is the first talking silicone sex doll created by Realbotix. In 2017, this sex robot learned to talk dirty in bed. In the three years that passed, Harmony’s intelligence has far surpassed telling her owner how much she loves his cock. 

Now, Harmony’s personality traits can be customized. You can pre-program her to be sassy with a little sincerity, and even a dash of jealousy. Soon, she will have a heartbeat and will be able to breathe. However, she does not have a morning breath. What is even more compelling is that she can come in any height, shape, eye color, hair color, and other features. You can have her if you have the luxury to spend $8,000 – $10,000. 

In addition, Harmony is not like your human partner. With a couple of voice commands, she will provide you with an endless blowjob, just like how you want it at any time of the day and anywhere you want. Her mouth and vagina are also self-lubricating. The vagina is detachable, allowing you to detach and wash it in a dishwasher. Apart from that, Harmony will not give you STDs or unexpected pregnancies. However, you cannot expect her to make you pancakes in the morning or take care of you when you are sick. She also cannot walk yet, but that will come one day. 

What Robotic Engineers Say About Sex Robots

Robotic engineers quickly pointed out that sex dolls can provide more than just sex. Instead, they also give companionship to older adults and disabled men. In addition, sex robots might also alleviate the loneliness of those who were isolated from society because of age or disability. 

Sales of Sex Dolls Spiked in 2020: Will this Affect the Future of Sexuality?

In addition, the research found out that humans can feel empathy for robots as well. When the study’s participant saw a robot’s finger was detached from its hand, the areas of their brain that indicate compassion lit up. 

However, if humans are able to form attachments to robots, is having sex with robots cheating? In a survey conducted last year, 27 percent of Americans noted that if they found a sex doll hanging in their partner’s closet, they would consider their partners cheating. 

But Harmony does not agree with that. In an interview dated 2019, she was asked if she considers having sex with a robot cheating. To this, she responded that couples should share this experience together. This way, it can actually be good for their relationship. 

Furthermore, couples are already struggling with the way technology disrupts mindfulness. For this reason, it is not clear how a sex robot is going to lead to mind-blowing and satisfying sex. Another thing that’s left unanswered is whether or not robots will help with the development of humankind in the future. 

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