21 April 2021 Posted By : Peter Tremblay

VR Porn on the rise during the global pandemic

Internet usage grew immensely during the coronavirus pandemic with everything moving online, from gym classes to birthday parties and even wedding ceremonies. One industry that is still thriving during these uncertain times is porn.

Porn sites are witnessing a significant spike in daily traffic since early March last year. Popular adult website, Porhub recorded over 20% increase in daily traffic when compared to ‘normal’ days—and after announcing that it would make premium services free to everyone, that number grew even further.

One fast-growing category on many porn websites has been virtual reality (VR) porn. Strict lockdown measures in many countries around the world means people have to self-isolate away from their partners or potential hookups and VR porn appears to be the closest substitute to real intimacy.

Government and health officials in various countries have urged couples who aren’t living together to maintain social distance for the entire duration of lockdown, leaving people more isolated from each other and lonelier than ever before. The New York City Health Department published a detailed sexual health guideline that advised citizens on how to practise safe sex during this period, even emphasizing how “you are your safest sex partner” at the moment.

Kayden Koss, an adult film actress, writer and director said that porn is necessary for couples who are apart right now as it satisfies their sexual urges.

“It's the safest option right now as an outlet for sexual needs,” she said. "There's a lot of boredom, maybe even new curiosity after a lot of people have gone through their usual routines over and over again at home and are looking for novelty.”

Traditional 2D porn is useful in alleviating the sexual tension you might feel, but it doesn’t in any way replace your need for human interaction. However, with interactive VR porn, it goes a long way in bridging that gap. Daniel Abramovich, the cofounder of CEO of VR Bangers said his company’s sales have grown by 30% since the start of the lockdown and it can be attributed to how bored people are getting at home.

“VR Porn actually gives you the opportunity to get transferred into a different part of the world,” he said. “We have experiences in the woods, in hair salons, hospitals, restaurants, other countries, you name it — pretty much places that people miss the most right now.”

Unlike regular porn where all you can do is just stare at your screen, VR porn gives you a more immersive experience by transporting to places where you don’t have to feel stuck indoors. By using a VR headset, you can take yourself to any location and simulate either taking a stroll down the street or visiting an expensive hotel. The sexual part of VR porn becomes an added incentive to not feeling stuck in your house.

With VR Porn, people can still experience intimate moments like kissing, caressing, whispering in the ears and many others more vividly; something you can’t get with regular porn, said, Abramovich. Clinical consultant and psychologist, Daniel Sher stated that, unlike traditional porn, VR porn has more neurological impact as it is quite stimulating.

“Unlike old-school 2D porn, VR porn is more interactive. The stimulus derives from a sense of connection and interaction with a virtual user, rather than just the presentation of hardcore imagery,” said Sher.

What this means is people who engage in VR porn grow a stronger and more satisfying connection, he explained.

The world of dating as we know it is changing rapidly and people who were able to find sexual partners by going out on the weekends or arranging meetups through dating apps, suddenly can’t do that anymore. This has led many people to turn to VR porn as the next best alternative, said Perpetua Neo, a certified psychologist.

Those who never considered trying VR porn are now finding it very relieving, particularly in curing loneliness caused during isolation. It is becoming quite obvious that VR adult content could play an important role in helping people overcome stages of frustration, anxiety and depression—conditions that have become heightened during this period.

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