Few industries have felt the same pushback as SexTech. It seems that no matter how valuable, unique, or innovative a product or service is—involving SexTech in the equation inspires prudes to throw up roadblocks. The SexTech industry is resilient and made up of passionate designers, creatives, marketers, and others who simply aren’t willing to take No for an answer. That has led to some fun an...
So many aspects of modern life are on semi-permanent hold thanks to the pandemic. From sports to concerts to dance recitals and birthday parties—all of our favorite events are canceled, postponed, or simply forgotten in favor of sanitizing, disinfecting, hand washing, and mask donning. But what about sex?
IOL reports that dating and courtship, romance, and sex are still happening, albeit on a largely digital landscape. That’s why we should never underestimate the human need for interpersonal connection, or our ability to overcome diversity. The pandemic isn’t just causing us to social distance. It brings with it a host of other stressors—fear and anxiety, grief, isolation, loss of sleep. Single people are feeling increasingly alone, while domestic violence is up in some households where families quarantine together. Financial stress is also hitting hard, causing even higher levels of tension and anxiety.
A report by Reckitt Benckiser confirms that sales of Durex condoms are down, presumably echoing the sentiment from other condom brands. Single people are having less in-person sex.
Another online self-reported survey found that more than 43% of adults experienced a decrease in sexual activity. That sounds bad, yet at the same time, roughly 20% of respondents said they added one or more new activities to their sexual repertoire. For some, this meant new positions. For others, anything from incorporating porn or sex toys, having cybersex, phone sex, or trying something new based on discussions with a partner.
Tips for safer pandemic sex don’t really cover new ground. Wash your hands, use barriers like masks, condoms and dental dams, and maybe trying out less face-to-face positioning to combat potential virus spread. SexTech like AI chatbots and Zoom kink sessions are also gaining popularity as people look for new avenues to satisfy sexual cravings. It seems likely a lot of these activities will remain popular even after the pandemic.