Ups and Downs of VR and Porn

Virtual reality technology just keeps getting more and more popular as time goes on. On Christmas Day, 2016, the views on one website for virtual adult entertainment hit 900,000 which is three times more than just a little while prior. Now, daily views using virtual reality are over 200% higher than they were just a year earlier.

Virtual reality adult entertainment has the potential to provide people with all new experiences at a whole new level of immersion. It is possible that in the future senses such as smell and touch could also be replicated by technology. There are so many possibilities alongside this technology and further developments are more and more likely the more popular that virtual reality becomes among consumers.

Using virtual reality technology for adult entertainment has raised some moral panic but no different than when any other digital technology has impacted sexuality. Many people do not like how children can be exposed to explicit content at a younger age because of the amount on the internet and how easily accessible it is. These are very serious and normal concerns to have but consumers should also take into account that all sexualized technology has given parents these concerns, even back to video tapes and cinema.

Virtual reality technology has the ability to positively affect people in a sexual manner if used the way it is intended. It is possible that this technology could transform the way we humans think about sex in reality. People can explore their fantasies and sexuality with none of the real life risks such as STD’s, humiliation, and more. This can help boost the user’s confidence and help them to find out what they like when it comes to sex.

Virtual reality technology could also create some serious problems in and out of relationships especially since our society happens to already be having trouble dealing with the problems that have arisen since internet became mainstream. We cannot really tell what will happen with this technology in the future until it happens. One example, however, of a future problem is that people could use the technology to make replicas of people they know in real life such as a past lover meaning a whole new form of revenge porn.

This technology, while it can be bad, can also be good. Virtual reality takes things to a new level, instead of being spectators users get to actually participate in their fantasies. This could even be used as a teaching tool someday to help with issues of consent by allowing participants to navigate through a sexual relationship by being immersed into a more realistic scenario.

Many young people today have to rely on pornography to learn about sex and so some people argue that virtual reality could change sex education. Young people will always have access to adult entertainment through the internet so perhaps it would be best to use it to change their experiences into something positive.

Porn addiction happens because of how the porn industry focuses solely on explicit acts and they are unlikely to change their method anytime soon since it’s working to their benefit. There are new producers able to enter the race such as Make Love Not Porn that offer ordinary couples in order to avoid the imagery featured in today’s pornography. Virtual reality could help to sway the focus to a more relational experience. The way that virtual reality works with the user wearing a headset and most likely isolated from others could actually give it a more erotic feeling along with that immersive experience.