If you’re not familiar with digisexuality, you won’t be the only one.
It is a fairly new concept, and there’s still quite a bit of vagueness and confusion surrounding it.
So to help you understand this better (and expand your horizons), here are five things you should know about digisexuality.
1. What is digisexuality?
In simple terms, digisexuality is the use of technology in sex and relationships. So this includes using apps and websites to interact sexually e.g. through the use of apps like tinder, or phone sex using Skype or WhatsApp.
That’s the initial iteration of this concept, or the “first wave” of digisexuality – digisexuality is evolving into something more, including attraction and relationship with digital entities like AI and robots (especially sexbots).
2. Origin of the term?
The term “digisexual” was coined by Dr. Markie Twist and Dr. Neil McArthur.
Check out their research paper, The Rise of Digisexuality, for more information.
3. Can attraction really exist without actually meeting someone or physical contact?
If the concept of digisexuality seems a bit odd, think about it like this: attraction is not really based on physical contact, or even about meeting someone in person.
If that was the case the thousands of fans celebrities have won’t exist!
People are often attracted to those they have never met, and might never meet – so clearly the attraction is based on a perception of reality.
A hologram or AI, for instance, can mimic that quite well.
4. What are digisexuals mainly attracted to?
In terms of what digisexuals find attractive, sex robots are the main ones.
But it is not limited to that, and also includes digitally created imagery and AI.
5. Is digisexual marriage a real thing?
So what is the state of such relationships currently, how far can such a relationship progress?
The long and short of it is… as far it works for the person.
At the end of the day, if it makes the person happy, sky is the limit in terms of how far such a relationship can go. Like Akihiko Kondo, the 35-year-old guy who has a happy marriage with a holographic character.
I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness – Akihiko Kondo
The future of digisexuality
As technology evolves, so does society, and digisexuality is a great example of that.
But could this become mainstream?
Only time will tell.
That said, it is important to keep an open mind. As Neil McArthur, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Manitoba, and co-author of “The Rise of Digisexuality” put it: “If we’ve learned anything from our history of stigmatizing people with marginalized sexual identities, it’s that we always realize later that we shouldn’t have done that. So maybe we should just skip that right now, and just accept this as something that can be normal and healthy.”
Here at Life Lab Magazine we want to help expand your horizons, and a big part of that involves challenging your beliefs – things are always changing, so it is good to examine what we believe to be true, as they can (and do) change over time.
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