Technology Changing Masturbation
It used to be that masturbation was thought to be a shameful practice. Today, it’s generally thought of as a normal, natural act when participated in privately. Scientists have found that the practice doesn’t just occur in humans but across many species. Other species stimulate themselves too for the purposes of personal pleasure. Another find on the anthropological front, there is evidence that masturbation took place in the earliest of civilizations. Though it was once thought of in a negative light, psychologists today see masturbation as a healthy, safe practice; a big change over the course of a few decades. Masturbation is here to stay. Yet the future may see a hands off approach to the act of a different kind than we’ve encountered in the past. Today technology is changing masturbation in interesting and perplexing ways. Technology is changing the act right before our very eyes. Today, it seems that there are lots of hands off technological aids on the market. For instance there is the Fleshlight, a flashlight sort of device with a vagina attached. It can be mounted on a shower wall or another wall giving the user a more natural experience and seemingly taking one’s self completely out of the equation.
Today there are many other such hands-free devices, some which are even motorized with speed controls. In fact, one doesn’t have to do much of anything besides insert one’s self. The device takes one to orgasm all by itself. Another interesting option is the Real Touch Interactive. This hands-free device is not only hands-free, it is connected to a screen which depicts adult movies so that a male user can experience for himself what is happening in the film. Today, many men still have anxiety when it comes to masturbation. Though some believe these devices can be liberating, some psychologists wonder if in fact they will lead to more elevated forms of worry and consternation. Certainly technology in all realms is seeing meteoric growth like never before. One of the most interesting is a statement from a recent study out of the Pew Research Center, entitled, U.S. Views of Technology and the Future: Science in the Next 50 Years, saying the “American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage…overall, most Americans anticipate that the technological developments of the coming half-century will have a net positive impact on society.” Though the report did not focus specifically on masturbation and sex, one wonders what the next breakthroughs in these areas will be and how they will change masturbation and human sexuality