Over winter break, Mary* was chatting on Facebook with another Swarthmore student, John, with whom she’d been having casual sex for the majority of fall semester.John requested to video chat with Mary and she accepted the call.Eventually, the experience of having sex with a partner who lives on the other side of the world, should become almost identical to the personal experience of sex, and indeed it would be far safer, considering the dangers of sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, overpopulation, and the possibilities of a violent relationship; especially when having sex with relative strangers.Further, VR relationships with other human-controlled avatars do not involve financial dependency, and often the eventual financial ruination, that can happen when relationships fall apart; thus giving a new meaning to the term “sexual freedom.” (Quote) feeling a hug from a thousand miles away isn’t all the Tesla Suit lets long-distance daters do.“You could load any environment, from a beach, to any romantic place — wherever your imagine would take you,” Marozau said. It also seems to me that some of the most sexual repressed and socially conservative individuals in real life, are some of the wildest and most promiscuous in the virtual worlds.
Now all it takes to capture an accurate reflection of someone far away is a Skype account. And while they might not have a warm body to snuggle up to at night, they know they are still there for each other. Skype may not be taking our communication into the future so much as revisiting the past &mdash the Romantic era, when snail mail arrived several times a day. In another century, John Donne wrote these lines to his wife: Skype encourages us to sustain and possibly deepen our relationships across vast distances.
The conversation grew sexual when John asked if Mary missed having sex with him and took his shirt off.
“Then we both started masturbating, and then it progressed from there,” Mary recounted.
If we consider the five senses of STTSH (See, Taste, Touch, Smell & Hear), currently mainly only sound and vision are reproduced in VR (Virtual Reality) sex simulations; however interfaces for the other three senses are not yet mass marketed, apart from remotely controlled sex toys.
Further, VR relationships involve both genders and it is not an almost exclusively male pastime, and there can be romantic and emotional aspects to such relationships which appeal to both genders.