Internet sex better than real-life sex, study proves
Well, sort of: the study did not really prove the above, but then the study did not really prove what most newspaper headlines are heralding either.
The Intel survey in question wanted to find out how important the Internet has become in the daily lives of Americans. You know –would you rather watch tv or get on-line? As part of that survey, they also asked adults if they’d give up real-life experiences (i.e., sex) for the thrills of logging on. Naturally, that’s the result that media outlets have jumped on. The NY Times writes:
According to the study, 46 percent of women and 30 percent of men would opt to forgo sex for two weeks instead of giving up access to their precious Internet for the same period.
What they’re totally missing here is that for lots of Americans, the Internet IS their sex life. Or at least an important chunk of it. I’d love to know what kind of results we’d get if you asked people if they would rather give up Internet sex for their real-life sex. I bet that would shift some paradigms, by golly.
More people are having more sex of every variety on the Internet than anyone could ever hope to have in real life, including lots of people who, for one reason or another, find it difficult to impossible to get laid in r/l. Not to mention all the porn, hot chat, streaming vid, etc. etc. that many adults use as a kind of foreplay to their sex with r/l partners, much less the hook-ups you can set up via Craigs List inter alia.
So I’m thinking that most of the people who would rather be on-line than having sex are, in fact, really enjoying the sex they have on-line a bunch more than the sex they get at home, or at least using the Internet to get laid in the first place. The implication that people who prefer the Internet to sex actually prefer shopping on eBay or looking at puppy cam to sex is, IMHO, ridiculous. I think if people prefer the Internet to sex, the most likely explanation is that they’re having better sex on-line than in r/l.
Another recent study may be an even greater indicator that Internet sex is the wave of the erotic future as a fixture of sexual intimacy. I’m guessing that today’s teens using tech gadgets to sex it up with friends
will be tomorrow’s "what? people can have sex without the Internet??!" adults.