Who might use a sex robot? Study identifies personality types most open to ‘artificial love’

Montreal – It may seem silly to some, while others find it dreamy. Sex robotics is still very much a niche area at the moment. However, these life-size, life-like machines powered by artificial intelligence will become even more realistic. Who on earth would open up to using a sex robot? New research from Concordia University looks at the specific personality traits of people who say they are (and aren’t) ready to tackle these exciting technologies.

The study found two traits, sexual arousal and the pursuit of sexual sensation, the best predictor of openness to such erotic techniques. Sexual arousal refers to the association of sex with positive emotions.

According to lead researcher Simon Dube, if the market for sex robots is to expand and become more popular, it is imperative for relevant stakeholders to better understand their target audience. What makes someone interested in artificial love? Conversely, what personality traits are associated with avoiding such techniques?

“It is very important to understand who the first users are and where the initial demand is coming from,” Dubey, a former researcher general at Concordia who completed his Ph.D. this summer, says in a university statement. “The companies that make them need knowledge in order to modify and develop these technologies.”

These findings are based on data collected among nearly 500 adults through an online survey that asked about views toward sex robots. To start, the personalities of the respondents were assessed using a validation scale your palm, It is a standard model that includes the overall traits of openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and extraversion.

“Personality assessments help us predict people’s thoughts, emotions, and likely behaviors across all kinds of situations, including those related to their sexuality — and in this case, their willingness to interact with new erotic technologies such as sex robots,” adds Dube, who will be pursuing his studies as a postdoctoral fellow. at Kinsey Institute in Indiana this fall.

However, Dube and his team also recognized that these categories could be very broad. Therefore, they added a model that addresses respondents’ attitudes toward gender and technology. This model also showed an important value that measures both positive attitudes towards novelty and desire for new sexual experiences. This allowed the study authors to assess traits related to fetishism/phobias, positive/negative attitudes regarding sexuality, traits associated with technophilia/phobias, positive/negative attitudes regarding technology, and traits associated with seeking sexual sensation.

Men are more likely to use sex robots

The results indicate that the Big Five are only insignificantly associated with the desire to engage with a sex robot. Dube points out that this was to be expected, given the broad scope of each category. However, when researchers focused on traits that are closely related to the specific topic of sex robots, the story changed. “We found that sexual arousal and the pursuit of sexual sensation, as well as enthusiasm for new, diverse and more intense sexual experiences, were the primary drivers behind people’s desire to engage with these new technologies,” explains Dube. “Technophilia and the pursuit of non-sexual sensation were also correlated, but only weakly.”

It’s also worth noting that across the board, men seem to care more about sex robots than women. Meanwhile, people who were identified as heterosexual or non-binary showed similar patterns of interest as cis-identifying males. Participants were not required to disclose their sexual orientation for this study.

Moreover, the current sex robots market caters largely to heterosexual men. Sexy female robots, called gynoids, are seen frequently in media, advertising, and websites. A high-end ginweed can cost up to $15,000. Dube believes that females represent an untapped market for sex robots, especially given that women currently make up the majority of sex toy consumers.

He concludes, “Currently, women may not feel that the product meets their preferences or needs, or that it is too expensive for something that does not have to be particularly complicated or interesting.”

The study was published in Computer in human behavior.

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