Pornography has always been accused of warping the human mind and causing all sorts of sexual disorders. However, how much of the criticism is realistic, and does VR exacerbate the issues? Here is what experts think.
Despite being physically loyal to your partner, you could still think about other attractive people – for example, celebrities or sexy neighbors – during sex. This type of thoughts often causes people to explore porn.
To some people, a kiss is enough to justify breaking off a relationship. Others say infidelity means actual intercourse. Besides, there are those secret fantasies that everybody has. And what about non-physical, emotional attachment when the depth of spiritual connection transcends friendship? Porn is no less controversial.
Concerns about VR
Now that the adult industry has embraced the VR technology, porn is more than passive observing:
- With the first-person POV, the view has become incredibly realistic.
- Movies are shot from a man’s or a woman’s perspective, which means the user witnesses the sex act through the eyes of a porn actor.
- You have a virtual character pleasing your partner in your bed, with all the natural sounds and tactile sensations.
- Interactive sex toys and even haptic suits are there to further boost the immersive pleasure.
But is it harmful? Here, communication is obviously key. Porn needs to be discussed if one of the partners loves it. In addition, VR porn is often a consequence rather than a cause. It could signify your lover’s need to fulfill certain sexual desires, which may be resolved if you talk it through.
If you both come to appreciate VR content, it could give you loads of fresh ideas for spicing up your bedroom time. Modern technology even allows virtual reality threesomes!
This is simply a myth. No matter how vigorously the media try to spread panic, they have no legit basis. Michael Shelton, Master of Science and licensed Professional Counselor, claims there is no related disorder at all. Moreover, American mental health professionals refer to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Despite all the controversy, “hypersexual disorder” is still not included in the classification as further research is needed. Thus, there is no such diagnosis as “porn addiction”.
In reality, we know much less about porn addiction than we think. Until the fears are officially confirmed, people should refrain from slinging accusations at VR porn studios. Although their content is the incredibly close to real-life sex, the addictive potential is only a suggestion.