Headsets took off in 2016, with launches from Oculus Rift, Vive, Daydream View, and PS VR.And while initial sales were deemed low, the technology is still gaining traction.Every year, we reach new heights in dating technology, as apps, platforms, and gadgets become more deeply entangled in our relationships.
It’s not so much that sex has become more of a priority than dating or love, it’s that the separation of sex and love is becoming more and more acceptable in popular culture.
Shifting attitudes around sex, dating, and marriage have paved the way for a sort of involuntary polyamory.
Role-playing games are cropping up as a sort of preamble to virtual dating.
, a subscription multiplayer game, is at its core a virtual sex party.
To accompany you on your journey are familiar tools revamped for the virtual-reality era.
Fleshlights have morphed into mechanical twerking butts, phone sex has given way to teledildonics, and soon blow-up dolls will be AI-enhanced Realdolls. Just last month, Cam Soda debuted a catalog of virtual blow jobs, which replicate the feeling (via a connected “sleeve”) of a cam girl fellating a smart dildo.
To some, the proliferation of dating tech has heralded a kind of “dating apocalypse,” as Nancy Jo Sales coined it in 2015. Rather than obliterating the dating scene as we know it, tech has opened up a bevy of new options to sate our various tastes. And while hookup culture may seem like an exhausting, unwanted guest who forever overextends his welcome, let’s remember we invited him over in the first place.
The movement toward normalizing casual sex has been inching forward over the last 60 years, according to a 2012 study.
Though she wasn’t outfitted with artificial intelligence, the soft construction of her face and slight gape of her pouty pink lips are so nearly real that a world populated by -like robots doesn’t feel far off.
In the meantime, adventurous love-seekers can explore many technologies that are emerging right now.
In April, Fusion’s Kevin Roose called out Altspace VR for the sexually aggressive behavior against women that takes place on its platform., some apps may soon use that information to create your digital likeness in the form of online avatars that can respond for you. Companies like Netflix and Foursquare have long cultivated personal data to feed their recommendation engines, and so it’s only natural that dating apps would follow suit, slurping up consumer behavior to automate more components of their overall experiences. The company is attempting to quantify what makes a person attractive, most likely in pursuit of making better matches.