More People Bumping and Grinding With Technology For Intimacy


From meeting potential partners to finding ways to keep the relationship exciting to tracking certain parts of one’s sex life, technology has become a popular bed fellow.

The Kinsey Institute, the world’s premier research organization for human sexuality and relationship, conducted one of the world’s largest international sex surveys to better understand how these technologies are being used, how they benefit their users and how they might be improved. The following is what they discovered:

Find a Date
About 30 percent of people use dating apps and it was learned that 15 percent do so for a partner while 10 percent do it for one-night stands. But don’t be so quick to judge, 34 percent of those surveyed used apps to find sexual or romantic partners. Surprisingly, 18 percent did so for a long-term relationship while another 18 percent did so for a short-term relationship. Twelve percent did so for simply chatting and sexting.

Learn About Sex
Eighteen percent of respondents learned about sex through an app while 19 percent with sexual experience have used apps to educate themselves more about sex. About 17 percent with no experience used apps to learn more about sex.

At least 67 percent of people surveyed admitted to having sexted. People ranging in ages 18-20 percent came in at 43 percent while those ranging in ages 45-54 did it the least at only three percent.

Improve Relationships
It was interesting to learn that 12 percent of all respondents use apps to improve their sexual relationships—with men being more likely to use an app for improvement. Research scientist Amanda Gesselman, of the Kinsey Institute, said, “That so few people reported app use as detrimental or not useful demonstrates that the simple act of getting information and opening lines of communication can improve relationships, which can in turn improve lives.”

Track sexual activity
Forty percent of those surveyed used an app to track sex. Filipinos ranked 52 percent more likely with Americans holding at a firm second place with 45 percent. Gesselman explained, “This suggests that people are relying on technology for the more external features of sexual encounters, like regularity and number of partners, but may not be as willing to involve tech in the more private aspects of the experience, like bodily and health facets.”

LoveDr. Margena A. Christian