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VR Makes Porn More Intimate? Good Thing, or Bad?

by Beth Divine 11 Nov 2018

Personal and intimate are not really words we associate with porn. But with the advent of virtual reality porn, intimacy and even romance are now possible. However, the thought of greater emotional commitment within porn is getting something of a mixed reception.

For people who have not yet had a long term (or even short term) sexual partner, getting intimate with a character can be quite dangerous. Concepts such as consent, the understanding that some sex acts can cause pain, and the fact that porn has few or even no boundaries or limitations can lead to a worrisome wiring of young libidos. This can mean that a young person could expect to be rough with a partner, could potentially be unable to respect an answer of ‘no’, or could even be led into committing assaults or acts of violence on real people, if that is all he or she knows from these authentic feeling experiences.

This is not to say that a more humanised and realistic porn experience is all bad. For people with severe disfigurements or with diseases like aids, those for whom a regular sex life seems impossible, this new type of virtual reality porn can be a literal life line. Their avatar can be in any shape they like, and their ‘partner’ will not recoil in horror or be unable to perform. For marginalised people, having any kind of emotional relationship in which they are accepted and feel loved and cared for is a good thing that can help with their mental wellbeing as well as their sexual satisfaction.

With this type of porn, the user is no longer just observing, they can now participate in their favourite clips and acts. With authentic seeming responses from the other characters in the porn clip, the whole experience can feel very real which makes it even more satisfying than ever before.

However, virtual reality porn, especially when teamed with artificial intelligence designed to use empathy and emotional markers, may well lead to new questions being asked. Is using porn a form of cheating on your real life partner Up to now, the answer has been not really, even for those who disapprove of porn in the first place, because there has always been that distance between the actions and the viewer. When the viewer ‘is’ one of the participants this could potentially be taken as the porn users actually cheating on their flesh and blood partner, because of the sensations of intimacy and personal connection that they feel during the act.

What do you think? Is an apparently perfect sexual relationship with no boundaries and all the power on one side acceptable? Or will it unleash demons in the long run?