In 2019, almost 80% of internet usage will be done through mobile phones. Moreover, as far as the youth is concerned, almost 95% of 13-17-year-olds can access a smartphone with an internet connection. These statistics have played a key role in public health services and sexual health care to move online so they can be available to the young ones at all times. From social media presence to applications, teenagers can now access informed information more easily than ever.
Sexual and Public Health Care
Sexual health care has always remained somewhat of a taboo, especially to the younger generations. However, it was the lack of access to information that resulted in mishaps and risks of young girls and boys. Therefore, technology is now making it possible to interact with teenagers where they are present most of the time. Teenagers use messengers, chatbots and social media to talk to their friends and sexual partners. They are more likely to turn to the same communication methods when they are concerned about public health.
The manager of Ask Brook, Rachel Wyartt stated, “It was increasingly becoming apparent that this is how young people wanted to talk to us.” These services mostly provide instant replies to the queries with complete anonymity promised. The Family Planning Association recognizes how difficult it can be to share intimate stuff with anyone. From young people to adults, many feel like they need guidance without feeling vulnerable. This is why the increasing presence of sex tech can play a positive role in the overall society.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has a live online chat service reported to be used by people that fall in the age bracket of 15-24 years. According to their observation, sex education can impact the decisions that young people tend to make out of impulsivity and lack of knowledge.
Transformation of Intimacy with Sex Tech
However, the role of technology is not limited to the educational value it provides to youngsters. There is a broad business run on the market for sexual objects. Companies like the Vibease and Kiiroo provide internet-connection sex toys which could not have conceived a few years ago. The smart vibrators allow partners to experience sensations even when they are miles away from each other.
On the other hand, the emerging prototypes for the long-distance kissing types are also becoming a common sex tech product. There is a connected pillow that lets you hear the heartbeat of your lover in real-time too. These products are anticipated to take over by storm in the coming years as long-distance sex becomes more appealing and convenient. The sex tech is not only appealing or futuristic but also improving the intimacy of partners by giving them a choice to connect with each other in ways that were never possible before.
In other words, sex tech and public health go hand in hand. Any startup for providing information to youth and business that is introducing sex toys with the latest technology will have a stable future in the coming years.