The Meteoric Rise Of Virtual Reality Porn Comes With Unique Problems

Virtual reality is no longer something seen in science fiction films. Companies have already released some versions of VR headsets and the technology keeps advancing on a daily basis.

Porn has led the way in this development. But the perfect world of virtual sex may not be as stimulating as it sounds.

10. Current Virtual Reality Technology

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As of 2016, Playstation, Facebook, and Google all released their versions of virtual reality headsets. Like any major technological breakthrough, the topic of using virtual reality for sex became part of the discussion. Porn companies have already released videos made for VR. They play an important role in the tech’s development in #1.

9. VR Porn Is Leading The Way

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The impact on the Internet has been extraordinary. Pornography has been at the forefront of this new digital technology and it appears to be growing exponentially. Nearly every porn site has a plethora of choices to make porn more realistic by putting users in the middle of the adult action.

8. The Unlimited Options Of VR Porn

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Instead of putting on a porn and getting down to business, users have the option to zoom in, look around, and hook up their Bluetooth in ways never thought possible. A university in Newcastle has recently released the results of a study on the impact of virtual reality porn in #7.

7. Studying VR Porn’s Effects

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The study shows some alarming health risks associated with the new VR technology. When asked a hypothetical situation involving VR porn, participants’ responses ranged from wonderful to “too perfect” and the typical “degrading to women.” Some of the participants had a much more frighteningly vivid reaction to the graphic images.

6. Highlighting The Current Problems With Porn

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Those users felt that the imagery was pushing the boundaries with “highly explicit and vulgar” videos that could cause severe addiction. Research lead Steve Wood said, “We know from current research into pornography that exposure to this content has the potential to become addictive and more extreme over time.” It gets scarier in #5.

5. Creating A Virtual Partner

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With fully customizable features on VR, porn users are able to create a virtual partner and have them do things real people would never consent to. The technology could allow people to create virtual versions of ex-partners combined with the unlimited possibilities of the genre making them go a little too far.

4. Almost Too Powerful

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Researchers believe this extends beyond pornography into the realm of infidelity. Transforming porn from a third person to a first person participant “can be powerful experiences, and arguably could add a new element to sexual relationships, good and bad.” The possible lasting effects on the human psyche are even more alarming in #3.

3. Psychosexuality

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The increasingly sexualized ideas stemming from VR porn place people into a decision-making position never thought of before. Psychosexual and relationship therapist Sarah Calvert says people could use the tech to escape their unhappy lives and unknowingly transfer those feelings to the real world. The unrealistic self-images portrayed in porn could have lasting effects on young people.

2. Self-Esteemed Beyond Belief

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Wanting the perfect boobs, stellar abs, or a bigger penis can lead to serious self-esteem issues down the line. It’s already a problem in pornography and virtual reality has the distinct possibility of heightening those feelings. Is virtual reality porn such a good idea? Researchers conclude their findings in #1.

1. Nothing Is Perfect

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Wood says virtual reality porn can give the appearance of a perfect sexual experience, but warns the risks are greater than the reward. It creates scenarios beyond realistic and leads to a perfection that is not as good as it sounds. Take the new technology with caution if you find yourself exploring this new world.

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