A Psychologist Describes The Future Of Virtual Sex In The Metaverse

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I recently discussed the future of the adult metaverse, and shared some thoughts on how I see it eventually taking shape. In my opinion, the adult metaverse will be a lot different to what today’s ‘VR porn’ is like. Instead of watching recorded ‘3D VR’ actors and actresses in porn, we will be avatars of our choosing, able to fully interact with other human controlled avatars in just about every way, including full body tactile virtual sex. As far as ‘porn’ is concerned, it will be something similar. Only in this case, the photo-realistic ‘avatars’ will not be real people, but rather AI generated, able to convincingly interact with you in any sexual way you desire, comfortably passing any x-rated version of the ‘Turing Test’.

Of course, no matter how advanced the AI generated avatars will become, a majority of people will likely still desire, as well as prefer, the psychological connection that sex with a real person brings, even if that person may bear little relation to the avatar that he or she is inhabiting. For a futher illustration of what virtual sex will be like very soon, it’s worth reading an article that appeared last week in Pyschology Today, penned by the clinical psychologist Marianne Brandon Ph.D. In it, the author explores a not-too distant time when perhaps sex in the metaverse will be as common as in real life.

The psychologist imagines a recently widowed mother named Louise, who adopts a sexier, younger avatar version of herself, to have more exciting, and more rewarding sex, than she ever did with her late husband. After dabbling in some lesbian sex with a female avatar, she moves on to a settled relationship with an avatar named Greg. She sometimes wonders if the muscular and handsome 38 year old Greg, is any of those things in real life. But she decides she doesn’t really care. The sex is great, after all, and her avatar is far from a truthful representation of her own offline identity in any case.

ouise considered Lucy her sexy alter-ego. Louise’s first romance in VR was with Patricia–she loved Patricia’s company, and sex just sort of naturally evolved from their friendship. It took a while before Louise stopped feeling guilty, though, cause Walter was gone for less than a year when her relationship with Patricia became sexual.

But lately, all Louise wanted to do was hang out with her new virtual boyfriend, Greg. Greg was so ripped and strong and confident–all the things Walter–rest his soul–never was.

VR gave Louise an opportunity to experience the kind of romance she’d always wished for–interesting conversation that didn’t center around family drama, a sexy man who clearly enjoyed her body–really, who wouldn’t prefer this to babysitting grandchildren?

Louise rushed to get Lucy ready for her date that evening–she had purchased Lucy a tight red dress–the kind Louise never dared to wear back in the day. Louise was already getting excited as she anticipated Greg’s response.

In the back of her mind, she wondered if Greg really was a 38-year-old gorgeous hunk in real life. No matter, she never intended to tell him her real age. Back to Lucy–which pair of stilettos look best with that dress?

After presenting her imagined example of an individual’s sex life in the Metaverse, the psychologist then makes some interesting points about how such avatar led lives will impact upon society and our sense of identity. She makes the correct observation that it will all surely impact upon some of our presently polarized and seeminly irreconcilable social divisions on such matters as trans rights.

In some ways, the social battles being waged today to support gender fluidity and orientation will become less critical as our lives, including our intimate ones, become more centered in virtual worlds. That’s because, in virtual reality, we will write our own script, develop new identities, and experience sexual adventures that we may feel too shy or awkward to initiate in real life. Any biological limits of your physical body will no longer prevent you from literally feeling “as if” you are someone else or “as if” you are doing something else.

Indeed, the realization of virtual sex inside the Metaverse, will likely be one of the major events in human history, with profound impacts upon society that we can barely imagine. According to many social historians, it was the invention of the contraceptive pill, and its wide availability, that ushered in the transformative sexual revolution of the 1960’s. In a very real sense, the contraceptive pill, for the first time in human history, divorced sex from reproduction. The metaverse, and virtual sex inside of it, promises a transformation just as, or even more profound. It will divorce sex from our physical identities. No longer will we be straightjacketed by our age, or how good looking we were fortunate to be born, by our race, or even by our genders. In the future of the Metaverse, we will be able to look any way we want to be, and have a near unlimited choice of sexual partners who themselves have chosen to look any way that they want to look (or that you want them to look). The psychologist Marianne Brandon concludes her essay with the following thoughts :

Sex and intimacy today are so different than it was even 40 years ago. In the span of Louise’s and Lynette’s lives, sex went from something you ideally had with only one partner for your lifetime to practically infinite sex tech opportunities with essentially unlimited partners. What will the next 40 years hold for us?

Read her full article at : https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-future-intimacy/202208/virtual-sex

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Xhumanist has been writing on porn/sex tech for nearly two decades, and has been predicting the rise of VR and AR porn, as well as AI porn, and their coming together to produce fully 'immersive porn', which would be indistinguishable from the real thing, and create a society of 'sexual abundance'. He identifies as a digisexual, and has been quoted in Wired Magazine.

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