Digisexuality; the Allure of Radical Second-Wave Sexual Technologies


Current technological advances are creating a new automated age, with recent developments in, virtual reality, artificial intelligence robotics and machine learning. The human culture is also evolving in tandem with the technological developments. And that includes sexuality.

Over the last several years, technology has continuously been repurposed to fulfill sexual needs and desires. The new Radical second-wave sexual technologies range from something as simple as vibrators that use Bluetooth to communicate with your phone to advanced AI-based sex dolls “Samantha”, virtual reality sex rooms and feedback devices known as teledildonics, to take the place of human partners.

As these technologies continue to advance, their adoption has grown so fast and so quickly, and many people are now identifying themselves as “digisexuals” – people whose primary sexual identity comes through the use of technology. Well, the concept of people falling in love with inanimate and insentient objects has existed ever since the Roman empire days, however in the 21st century, the idea has  gone overboard with similar themes of people falling in love with tech beings, being more recurring than ever before. Cultural offerings in the entertainment sector like ‘Her’ the movie and ‘west world’ all feature Narratives that clearly demonstrates that digisexuality is upon us.

It is not uncommon for people to use technology in their relationships, however with the rise of the second-wave sexual technologies most people are identifying their sexual identity based on them. There is compelling evidence that second-wave technologies have an effect on our brains that is profoundly different than what came before. This is because they have the ability to offer sexual experiences that are intense, immersive and do not depend on a human partner.

Their immersive nature creates a placement and plausibility illusion within the human brain. With the real-time positioning, 3D stereo display and its total field of view, the user’s brain comes to believe that the user is really present. Sex robots and VR pornography rooms are the most common second-wave technology people are most familiar with.

So, you may wonder, why is it the human culture is fast embracing digisexuality? Why are people forgoing the myriad of benefits associated with human interactions and opting for these advanced AI tools?

According to research done by some psychologists, the new craze of digisexuality can be attributed to the old age philosophical problems of the consciousness where for all our efforts we can never know what a person is thinking or feeling, hence you can never really know how a person sees us. Since human relationships involve the complex blend of navigating through psychological landscapes, emotional and physical needs, many people are opting to have it easy by avoiding the whole intricacies that involve getting to know someone in the old traditional way.

However as the popular adage says “No man is an Island”, so these people cannot exactly survive on their own – as much as they may try to do everything to deny that fact. To fill the void of social interactions, companionship and love, they prefer to use technology especially when it blends AI and robotics, (Not leveraging tech for communication by picking up their smart devices and hit the chat rooms) to solve the most detrimental of human conditions, Loneliness. Hence they prefer to identify as Digisexuals. In fact many young people, referred to as the second-wave digisexuals, have never had physical intimacy with human partners and not even interested. This is especially so at a time in history, due to our global interconnectivity, people barely ever talk or meet physically. This makes it hard for people to get to know each other better from those non-verbal social cues that we all have. A typical digisexuals mindset goes like,

“Why should I waste my time or risk disappointment, embarrassment and heartbreak from another person for some companionship and sexual gratification, while I can just invest in a sexbot which is literally designed to please me in all aspects?”

Over the years people have not always been accepting over the diverse sexual identities. The LGBTs have always been persecuted due to their sexual orientations. However with the evolving sexual orientation that could have an imprint of Technology on humanity we should approach digisexuality with openness and understanding.

Let’s not repeat what society has done in the past of stigmatizing the marginal sexual identities, only later to be more accepting of their lifestyles. Clearly there are different dangers that maybe involved in the union between radical sexual technologies and human, instead of the myriad negative comments- already rampant on the media, we could try and find out more about such dangers to dissuade them from that sort of lifestyle. That’s a way more productive way to go about it.



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