Hoped-For Results of Sexbots Not Guaranteed

During the Summer Of Love in 1967, free love was practiced by young people everywhere, especially since birth control pills made sex seem far safer. Then after a decade of very liberal sexual mores, herpes, STD’s and HIV, the party was over for anyone with good sense.

The benefits of sexbots in a world where relationships are growing scarcer in the millennial generation would seem a positive development, but a new study casts doubt on that conclusion.

Undoubtedly, sex is beneficial for human physical and mental health. It boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, eases stress and anxiety and gives humans a sense of well-being.

Sexbots are already big business in parts of the world, and growing in popularity. Analysts predict that sex tech will quickly grow into a $30 billion industry. Currently, four companies sell adult, female sexbots, each costing anywhere between $5,000 and $15,000. One company even puts out “pedobots,” or child-like models, with the idea of focusing pedophile interest on sexbots instead of real victims.

Currently, a sexbot is little more than a human-sized doll with genitalia. Some can make a simple conversation, but no one would mistake them for a person. Experts say, however, that will change.

In a comprehensive story by Phillip Perry in BigThink.com, a study by British researchers in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health Journal predicts that sexbot use could cause men to objectify women and children and potentially lead to further victimization, just as porn could have a negative influence.

The researchers wrote, “While a human may genuinely desire a sexbot, reciprocation can only be artificially mimicked.” Instead of lessening loneliness, these robots might make us crave human contact more.

The use of sexbots might also “normalize” dangerous perverse sexual behavior in the mind of the user, according to the study.

read more at bigthink.com