Episode 194: Sex Dolls, Sex Robots, and Chatbots

May 30, 2023 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast
Sex and Psychology Podcast
Episode 194: Sex Dolls, Sex Robots, and Chatbots

Modern sextech is rapidly changing the way people gratify their sexual and intimate desires. Sex dolls, sex robots, and chatbots are starting to become more accessible and popular. In today’s show, we’re going to discuss who is using these new technologies, their motivations, and the complex debate that’s playing out in the popular media about whether sextech is a positive or negative force in our lives.

I am joined by Dr. Kenneth Hanson, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wyoming in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology. Using qualitative and mixed methods, his work has examined social issues related to artificial intelligence, sexuality, emotions, and sex toys. He has published papers about dating apps, the sex tech industry, Reddit, and sex doll owners.

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • How many people have ever used a sex doll, chatbot, or sex robot?
  • How are age, gender, and relationship status associated with sextech use?
  • What are some of the key factors that motivate people to use sex dolls, chatbots, or sex robots?
  • How effective is sextech at meeting people’s needs for intimacy and companionship?
  • What are some of the key ethical concerns related to sextech?

Be sure to check out Kenneth’s website to learn more, and follow him on Twitter to stay connected.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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