In a new report published in the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, ethics researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada, argue that psychotherapists need to be prepared for a rise in ‘clients participating in digisexualities.’
“It is safe to say the era of immersive virtual sex has arrived,” said Associate Professor Neil Mccarthur, Director of the Centre for professional and applied ethics.
“As these technologies advance, their adoption will grow and may people will come to identify themselves as ‘digisexuals’- people whose primary sexual identity comes through the use of technology.
“Many people will find that their experiences with this technology become integral to their sexual identity and some will prefer them to direct sexual interactions with humans.
“There is no question that sexbots are coming. People will form an intense connection with their robot companions. These robots will be tailor-made to meet people’s desires and will do things that human partners cannot or will not do.
“For this reason, significant numbers of people will likely come to use robots as their primary mode of sexual experience.”