What are digisexuals and do they really exist?
The tremendous growth of the sex doll industry in recent years means that today’s sex dolls receive more media attention than ever before. This is great news as media coverage can dispel some taboos about sex dolls and make them more accessible to a wider audience. Nonetheless, there is still some unfair reporting and shame on the subject. In recent months a new term has become common in the British media when it comes to sex dolls: Digisexuals
But what exactly does this term mean and is it rightly used?
What is a digisexual?
The term “digisexual” is brand new and was first used by Canadian scientists in a report published in late 2017. It is only now establishing itself in the mainstream media. According to Professors Neil McArthur and Markie Twist, this term describes people who prefer sexual experiences with digital media to a human partner and use this to define their sexuality. In other words, digisexuals are people whose sexual identity is based primarily on digital media and not on human relationships.
The most cited “technology” is sex dolls, but it also encompasses a wide range of digital media such as online porn, sexting and dating apps like Tinder. However, while the latter examples describe the first hype for digisexuality, it is already the second hype for sex dolls, the researchers claim. The professors believe that more and more people will become digisexuals as technology advances.
It has been recognized that sex dolls are now at a very high technological level in order to present a viable alternative to sexual experiences with people. It has also become known that sex dolls owners can develop an “intense bond” with their sex dolls, which is due to the fact that they prefer their sex dolls to human relationships.
How is this term used?
The inventors of this term rate the rise in digisexuality as positive as they say that sex dolls can be used for therapeutic purposes by restoring the confidence of people who have suffered sexual trauma. They can also counteract loneliness.
However, the media in Great Britain and the USA usually associate the term with a negative connotation, which was not originally the case. In the UK, the tabloids have wrongly interpreted the scientists’ predictions about digisexuals as a “warning” for the future and ignored the study’s original intentions. The scientists showed the importance of avoiding discrimination against digisexuals and that we should learn from other people’s struggles for recognition on the basis of other sexual orientations such as homosexuality or asexuality. “The people of these communities struggled for years to gain recognition,” said Professor McArthur. “I mean, we shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of the past.” “Standing by your guidance is very difficult for a person belonging to a branded minority. I felt that this is finally the case and we can escape this disgrace and face other people with appreciation right from the start. “
The negative coverage of this term is all the more meaningless when you consider the fact that this definition applies to the majority of the population today. The New York Times commented last week: “In a culture that is home to online pornography, sexting, and tinder, isn’t everyone a secret digisexual? Following this argument, those who criticize or discriminate against digisexuals are likely to harass themselves. It is therefore not surprising that some are calling for the definition of the term to be contained in its diversity, as it creates confusion. This could lead to a wider acceptance of sexual identity.
However, the origin of the term is potentially a very positive development for sex doll owners and sex dolls lovers, as this could lead to an online grouping where people with the same interests and sexual preferences can meet.
One thing should be said: people who use sex dolls and other technologies for sexual gratification use them for their own pleasure – and that is something positive that should be celebrated and explored instead of taboo.