• Sex Robots

“The expression of technosexuality is somewhat limited as it can only be acted upon in a few ways (i.e., masturbatory fantasy and/or sexual role-play),” according to psychologytoday.com.1

A technosexual is “turned on by tech”2 and is more attracted to sex robots, for example, or a dating app than having a relationship with a person or people they swipe on the app.

Other [related] terms include “digisexuals,” “people whose primary sexual identity comes through the use of technology.”3

The sourced articles below should provide more information on the new type of romance brought on by modern technological advances.

  1. Sex Robots Are Here, But Laws Aren’t Keeping Up With The Ethical And Privacy Issues They Raise

    “As a scholar of artificial intelligence, neuroscience and the law, I’m interested in the legal and policy questions that sex robots pose. How do we ensure they are safe? How will intimacy with a sex robot affect the human brain? Would sex with a childlike robot be ethical? And what exactly is a sexbot anyway?”

    Francis X. Shen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota, theconversation.com, 2/12/2019

  2. Government Officials Have No Idea How To Regulate The Growing Sex-Robot Industry

    “It is not clear whether anyone in the US already owns a childlike sex robot. But even the possibility of child sex robots prompted a bipartisan House bill, the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act, or CREEPER. Introduced in 2017, it passed unanimously six months later.” [Latest Action as of 3/27/2019) “06/14/2018 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.”]

    Francis X. Shen, businessinsider.com, 2/12/2019

  3. What The Sex Robots Will Teach Us

    “Though there’s much about technosexuality that’s still unknown, it’s clear that such advances will undoubtedly impact monogamy: Couples will need to reassess how they define infidelity. Some will probably view sex with a robot as a threat to their relationship, while others will see it as a fun addition.”

    Ian Kerner, cnn.com, 3/13/2018

  4. Digisexuals: Will This New Term Combat Prejudice Against People With Tech-Based Sexual Identities?

    “Speaking to Future of Sex, [Neil] McArthur explained that while the term ‘technosexual’ has been around for some time to describe people turned on by tech, they wanted to form a new word: ‘We felt we were discussing something very distinctive and novel—people who specifically form their identity around a specific kind of sexual experience, which is to say the sort that involves immersive technologies and does not depend on the presence or even existence of another person.’ At the forefront of their coining of digisexual is a genuine concern for those with these new desires. ‘We felt that by naming their identity we could provide them with validation,’ McArthur added.”

    M. Christian, futureofsex.net, 1/26/2018

  5. Let’s Face It, We’ll All Be Married To Machines Someday

    “The term ‘technosexual’ evokes a passion for digital aesthetic that borders on the libidinous, and if you’ve ever seen an interview with someone online to buy the new iPhone, you’re familiar with the orientation. One curious upshot of this mindset is that we’re somewhat less attracted to Tinder hotties than Tindering itself — the app’s design, the ritual, the purely theoretical hookups and no-stakes flirtation.”

    Miles Klee, melmagazine.com, 1/23/2018

  6. Can Technosexuality Fix Your Long-Distance Relationship?

    “According to a recent report from Future of Sex, by 2020, it won’t just be a select few people engaging in virtual reality and haptic sex toys, it will be most people. And by the year 2050, reports The Telegraph, the sex toy industry will grow to over seven times what is it today, while robotic sex will likely begin to be even more frequent than interpersonal sexual experiences.”

    Gigi Engle, elle.com, 2/1/2017

  7. Westworld-Style ‘Technosex’ Robots ‘Could Allow Couples To Enjoy Kinky Sex Without Cheating’

    “Westworld style lifelike robots could allow couples to enjoy kinky sex without cheating, according to a leading therapist. … There are plenty of downsides to techno sex – as anyone who has watched HBO hit Westworld will have seen – with some using the robots to act out their darker fantasies like rape and paedophilia.”

    Rachel Bishop, mirror.co.uk, 12/2/2016

  8. Sex And Relationships: Love machine

    “A rise in technological availability and growth in industrial machinery has even spurred a new category of sexuality known as technosexual, meaning having an affinity for technology or machinery. “

    Kaite Britt, collegiatetimes.com, 8/27/2015

  9. Droidian Slips: A Brief Look At Robot Fetishism

    “Robot fetishism is often referred to as ASFR (i.e., alt.sex.fetish.robots, based on the name of a now defunct newsgroup) or technosexuality.
    It refers more specifically to those individuals who derive sexual pleasure and arousal arising from humanoid or non-humanoid robots.”

    Mark D. Griffiths, PhD, psychologytoday.com, 6/13/2014

  10. The Tinder Effect: Psychology Of Dating In The Technosexual Era

    “In our technosexual era, the process of dating has not only been gamified, but also sexualised, by technology. Mobile dating is much more than a means to an end, it is an end in itself. With Tinder, the pretext is to hook-up, but the real pleasure is derived from the Tindering process. Tinder is just the latest example for the sexualisation of urban gadgets: it is nomophobia, Facebook-porn and Candy Crush Saga all in one.”

    Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, theguardian.com, 1/17/2014

  11. Married To A Doll: Why One Man Advocates Synthetic Love

    “I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of artificial people, specifically artificial women. Before I knew Dolls existed, I’d long identified as being a technosexual, even before I knew there was a word for it. A technosexual is someone who is attracted to robots.”

    Julie Beck, theatlantic.com, 9/6/2013

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Footnotes

1. psychologytoday.com, 6/13/2014

2. futureofsex.net, 1/26/2018

3. futureofsex.net, 1/26/2018