A research on women’s sex-tech engagement has revealed that a large number of women are involved sex-tech and seek partners via dating apps. The analysis of women’s sex-tech engagement was published by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Clue, which is a Berlin-based female health company.

The publication which was made in the journal PLOS ONE—offers was a case study on —”Mobile sex-tech apps: How use differs across global areas of high and low gender equality,”. It accentuated women’s sex-tech engagement and their utilization of dating apps.

The research on women’s sex-tech engagement also includes feedback from more than 130,000 women in 191 countries. This study is the first to shed light on the use of technology in the sexual lives of women.

In the words of Amanda Gesselman, the lead director of the research cum associate director of research at Kinsey Institute: “While researchers have conducted a vast array of studies on sex, love and technology, we’ve been really limited in what we know about these associations outside of North America or Western Europe. This is the first study that’s been able to give us insight into the use of technology in the sexual lives of such a large number women around the world.”

About 57.7 percent of the world’s women revealed that they had received or sent sexting messages which means that above the average, women are engaged in sex-tech. It was also discovered that women from countries with higher gender inequality are more likely to report sexting than women in more egalitarian regions.

Women from places with higher gender inequality were also discovered to be more likely to admit that they have used apps to boost their sexual relationships, meanwhile, women from places with lower inequality would most likely admit that they used apps to learn about sexual relationships.

“This is an important distinction for researchers who may be creating educational programming or interventions, because it indicates that women in areas of more inequality aren’t necessarily looking for sex education as we might conceptualize it in the U.S., starting from the more basic concepts and working up,” Gesselman said. “Instead, these women are looking specifically to build on what they already have.”

Another observation is that prudent standards does not limit women’s involvement in sex-tech or other shunned acts.

Virginia Vitzthum, professor of anthropology at Indiana University, Kinsey Institute senior scientist and senior research scientist at Clue also made it clear that prudent standards do not curb sexual exploration, hence, sex-tech : “This suggests that more conservative ideals regarding gender roles do not necessarily prevent women from engaging in taboo or forbidden behaviors. This insight opens up an entirely novel line of inquiry for understanding how women navigate social expectations to meet their own needs and desires.”

There were several reasons why the women who admitted to sexting were using apps, and one of these reasons is to boost their relationship.

11 percent of the women who admitted to engaging in sex-tech as a means of boosting their relationship wanted one thing and the major three is; to replace physical connection; sexual exploration; sexual orientation.

The women that engaged in sex-tech had either a long term relationship or a short term one. Except for women in East Africa who were seeking “friends with benefit” or “long term relationship”

About 21.8 percent of women utilized dating apps to seek partners. The need for sexual connection is universal and technology(smartphone) is used to meet this need. Hence majority of women’s sex-tech engagement.

“There’s a near-universal desire to seek romantic and sexual connections. With rising access to smartphones, people around the world increasingly form these connections online. The Clue-Kinsey sex-tech survey used the same technology to reveal for the first time how women have adapted sex-tech to their lives, no matter where they live.” Vitzthum said.

Data for the research on women’s sex-tech engagement were obtained using an anonymous questionnaire, created by Clue with consultation from the collaborating researchers.


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