Thinking of buying Samantha? Think twice.

Sergi Santos, the Spanish engineer and his $5,000 creation “Samantha doll” which went on sale late last year.

The popularity of adult toys has increased over the past decade. They are currently enjoying a boom in sales and popularity with millions sold worldwide every year. Recent studies have even noted that 1 in 2 women own sex toys, but with that in mind, most of them still feel uncomfortable talking about them.

For the past one week or so, the big talk across social media circles has been about the now famous ‘Samantha’, an artificial intelligence sex doll with the ability to create emotional closeness and progress through different modes from romantic, to family.

People who rely on using this stuff may have their own reasons. However, the use of erotic toys can be a double-edged sword; you can get some good results, but you should also be ready to get a quite a handful of negative ones as well. 

Dependency/addiction.

On the downside of things, it can lead to dependency that makes it so you can't get off without them and it can cause a separation between partners. Being so much reliant on sex toys leads one to lose interest in the opposite gender (spouses, including their lovers). When the sensation one receive becomes too addictive, instead of resolving their issues, they end up creating a new one.

The surging availability of robotic sex dolls and virtual reality pornography means it is now easier than ever for people to rely on technology for all their sexual needs. Experts have warned we will soon see a rise in the number of people whose sexual and emotional appetites are almost entirely satisfied by the virtual world.

For many people, technology will form a key part of their identity, and some will prefer to have loving relationships with sex robots instead of humans.

Sex toys shall never be a replacement for real people and will never provide one with love and care just like what they feel when they are with someone special. This is the main difference between love dolls and real-life lovers. Real people are able to provide one with comfort and other feelings aside from just giving you sex.

Toxic toys.

Sex toys are often fabricated from materials which will contain toxins that aren’t healthy for your body. According to some experts, sex toys are often made from low-grade materials and plastics that can have a negative health effect on people.

In a study around plastic, consumer watchdog, Choice Australia, found that poor quality plastics may be endocrine disruptors which means that they can mimic the body's natural hormones and cause a whole host of health problems.

According to the consumer watchdog, plastics may contain things like Bisphenol A, phtalates, PVC and BPA. These softeners make plastic products more flexible. They reported that many sex toys with jelly-like plastic sheaths are made from phtalates.

There is growing scientific evidence that even at low levels of exposure, phthalates and BPA may cause problems such as infertility, obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Allergy.

Some people find that they have an allergy to latex or silicon (which are what sex toys are usually made out of).

STD Infections. 

Sharing sex toys will cause the infection of STDs through the exchange of fluid and direct tissue layer contact.

Lower level of satisfaction in men.

A study led by researcher Michael Reece, Ph.D., examined the prevalence of vibrator use among heterosexual men in the United States. Intriguingly, heterosexual men who had used sex toys with their partners reported lower levels of sexual satisfaction than men who had never used a sex toy with their partners.

The researchers couldn’t say for sure why satisfaction was lower in this cohort but those who used vibrators with their partners reported doing so to increase their partner’s pleasure as opposed to their own.

So, as we keep the ‘Samantha” debate alive, that is something to ponder about as Kenyans.
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