We surveyed a total of 3,292 people to find out about their familiarity with and interest in having sex with robot. We uncovered quite a few interesting trends and stats that show how people attitude is changing. Read on:
Sex robots are becoming increasingly well-known, sparking concerns about their use and potential impact on society.
They are getting more and more realistic every year – some can even talk and simulate basic interactions with real people.
We conducted two surveys to find out how many people had personal experience with sex robots, what people thought about interacting with them, and what they think might happen in the future.
[Disclaimer] Yes, the sample size is small. And before taking this survey people needed to indicate they are okay with being asked sensitive kind questions (a requirement for all sex-related questionnaires), which means that pool of people isn’t exactly random. However, it still shows interesting trends on how people’s attitude is changing against sex robots and new technology.
Here are the highlights from both studies:
- More people would have sex with a robot (37.5%) than invite someone for casual sex (30.1%).
- 57% of people wanted to talk to and interact with a sophisticated sex robot, and 50.1% said they would be interested in having sex with one.
- 50.7% of people think it’s possible to form genuine romantic attachments to sex robots.
- 41% of respondents believed that using a sex robot qualifies as cheating on a romantic partner.
- 41.9% of people said they’d have a threesome with a sex robot and their partner given the opportunity.
- 51.5% of respondents thought that sex robots of the future will make objectification of people worse.
- 52.2% of people believe that sex robots will reduce sexual assault in the future.
- Child sex robots: 35% thought they might be a good idea, while 50.5% believed they were a bad idea.
- 44% of people were interested in visiting a cyber brothel, and 45.9% thought that sex robots will replace human sex workers in the future.
- Almost everyone has heard of talking sex robots. Only 9.3% of people said they had never heard of one.
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We conducted two surveys one after another. Both surveys were conducted using convenience sampling. We used Amazon Mechanical Turk to get a random pool of anonymous people to respond, 50%+ respondents indicated their location as North America.
The first survey (Survey 1) asked participants questions about their general opinions on sex robots, their use and hypothetical future scenarios involving them. The sample size was 1,563, here’s the survey form. And here’s the raw data spreadsheet from Survey 1 responses.
Survey 2 went into further detail about more specific interests and personal experiences. The sample size was 1,729. Here’s the survey form so you can see exactly what responders saw. Here’s the raw data spreadsheet, if you want to dive in deeper.
We showed participants a short video meant to help explain and delineate the current state of sex robots today, before asking them a series of questions.
For the purposes of our study, “sex robot” was defined as any sex doll variant possessing some interactive capabilities such as speech or movement. We asked people to watch this RealDoll sex doll video so everyone would be on the same page on where the sex robots of 2022 are at.
More People Would Have Sex With A Robot Than Invite Someone For Casual Sex
We wanted to find out how people would relieve their sexual desires and how robots might fit in to this scenario.
So we asked participants to assume they were single and desired some kind of sexual release, then gave them a list of potential options to satisfy their desires. We then asked them to select every option they would be likely to take given the opportunity.
Manual masturbation was the most popular choice, with 49.2% of people selecting it. Using a sex toy was next, with 42.5% of respondents liking that idea.
37.5% of survey takers said they might make use of a sex robot, more than the 30.2% who said they would be likely to invite a human for casual sex.
Hiring a (human) sex worker was a distant last, with only 21.1% of people citing it as a potential option.
57% of people wanted to talk to and interact with a sophisticated sex robot, and 50.1% said they wanted to have sex with one of them
We showed participants two images of two sophisticated “cutting-edge” sex robots, one that looked male and the other female-looking.
We then asked participants to rate how much they wanted to talk and interact with one of these robots, and how much they wanted to have sex with one of them.
57% of participants agreed with the statement “I would be interested in to talk and interact with one of these sex robots”, while 50.1% said they would be interested in having sex with one.
This suggests that mainstream adoption of the technology might not be as far away as many people believe.
50.7% Of People Think It’s Possible To Form Genuine Romantic Attachments To Sex Robots
There have been a few stories about people claiming to form romantic attachments to inanimate objects.
Most notably in recent years was the viral story of Yuri Tolochko, the Kazakh bodybuilder who became famous for marrying a sex doll.
While many people might dismiss the story as fanciful or ridiculous, our results indicate that it’s not as far-fetched as one might have thought.
50.7% of respondents in survey 2 believed that it is possible to form genuine romantic attachments to sex robots.
In survey 1, 29.5% of respondents thought that talking AI sex robots could replace humans as romantic partners, while another 20.2% weren’t sure.
So while Tolochko’s story made headlines in 2020, based on our findings we could expect sex doll marriage to become commonplace sooner rather than later.
41.9% Of People Said They’d Have A Threesome With A Sex Robot And Their Partner Given The Opportunity
Multi-partner sex is arguably the most common fantasy – almost everyone has thought about it at some point at least once. Threesomes are the most popular version of multi-partner sex and probably the most sought-after for a large proportion of people in relationships.
So threesomes are a popular desire, but one that causes tension between many couples. Jealousy, worries of later infidelity and other problems are a regular occurrence.
But what if it was possible to have a “threesome” with only two humans?
We asked participants if they would like to engage in a threesome with their current partner and a sex robot, if the opportunity ever arose.
40.9% of responses were positive, while 25.3% of participants were strongly opposed to it.
So it’s clearly an issue that will still cause tension in relationships even if the other man or woman is actually synthetic, but on the whole more people are for the idea than against it.
Over Half Of Respondents Thought That Sex Robots Of The Future Will Make Objectification Of People Worse
Creating literal sex objects designed to look and act like people always carries the risk of making objectification a bigger problem than it is already.
We asked participants if the problem of sexual objectification (especially of women) is likely to be made worse if sex robots become a mainstream reality.
51.5% of participants said they believed that it would make the problem worse. Only 23% of people believed that it wouldn’t have an effect.
So while people seem to be curious about sex robots and some are even eager to use them, there are looming concerns about the problems they could introduce or exacerbate within society.
Over 50% Of People Believe That Sex Robots Will Reduce Sexual Assault In The Future
Despite the finding that over half of respondents thought that objectification will get worse with the advent of sex robots, there remains the possibility that they could do some good.
In particular, it has been theorized that sex robots might reduce cases of sexual assault in the future, since people will have access to more realistic sex experiences more easily.
This theory is not without its flaws – sexual assault can’t really be attributed to too much desire, for example – but the possibility remains.
We asked participants in survey 2 if they agreed with the statement “Sex robots of the future (that can move and interact with people) will reduce cases of sexual assault if they become widespread.”
52.2% of respondents agreed with this statement, while another 25.1% weren’t sure.
So if we are to believe the opinions of the majority, then the streets will become safer in terms of sexual assault, while people’s internal experiences and thoughts might become more problematic.
If nothing else, this suggests that people have very mixed views on the subject of sex robots and the impact they might have in the future.
Child Sex Robots Proved Controversial
The idea of using sex dolls designed to look like underage people and even children has been floated as a potential harm reduction method. Arguments put forward include the possibility that it can help pedophiles avoid harming real children or cope with their disorders.
Arguments against tend to include the idea that producing such robots might actually be an encouragement and end up doing more harm to real children.
Sex dolls designed to look like stylized versions of children already exist and are legal to own in many countries. To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no commercially available sex robots (that can move and/or talk) that look like children.
We asked participants to complete the statement “Producing child sex robots (that look like young/underage people) is…” and then gave them a list of options to choose from. They were invited to select the opinion that most closely matched their own views on the subject.
The results looked like this:
35% of respondents believed it was a good idea on balance, while over 50.5% were opposed to the idea – either because it might backfire and do more harm than good, or because they personally found the idea distasteful.
All this suggests that child sex robots are a controversial topic, but not without their support as potential tools for good.
40-sommething Lot of people were interested in visiting a cyber brothel, and 45.9% thought that sex robots will replace human sex workers in the future
While a Blade Runner-esque bordello full of artificially intelligent androids and gynoids is still a distant fantasy, there are “cyber brothels” already.
In these establishments, customers engage with high-tech sex dolls while wearing a VR headset to simulate a realistic experience. Sometimes human actors even provide audio cues such as moaning at appropriate times.
In survey 2 we asked participants if they would be interested in visiting such a place. 47.8% responses were positive. Men were particularly enthused, with 51% saying they would be interested compared to 43% of women.
In addition, a lot of respondents in survey 1 had high expectations for the technology. 45.9% agreed that sex robots could replace human sex workers in the future.
Almost Everyone Has Heard Of Talking Sex Robots
One factor that might have been easy to overlook was how well-known the concept of sex robots really is.
In Survey 2 we asked participants to rate their familiarity with talking sex robots.
Only 9.3% had never heard of their existence, less than the 15.5% who have used or own one.
A further 29.9% had knowledge of them that went beyond passing awareness. These people had either read about them, considered purchasing one, or interacted with one personally in a non-sexual way.
Since familiarity with a product is the first step to widespread adoption, this suggests that a world where sex robots are an accepted everyday reality might be closer than we think.
15.5% Of People Have Had Sex With Or Own A Sex Robot Themselves
We began the study tacitly assuming that most individuals had only vague knowledge of sex robots, or had never heard of them outside science fiction and the occasional news story.
It came as little surprise to find that 45.3% of respondents claimed they had only “heard about them in the news/on the internet”.
Far more surprising was that 15.5% of respondents stated “I’ve had sex with one/own one”.
15.8% of men answered “I’ve had sex with one/own one”, while 15.3% of women said the same.
This suggests that rather than being a niche curiosity, sex robots are already popular.
Not only that, but men and women both had similar experiences, running contrary to the popular belief that only or mostly men could be interested in sex dolls and robots.
We’re putting this insight last however cuz it seems not realistic – number seems to be too high to be real, so we still include it, but take it with serious grain of salt.
We’d like to hear from you. What was your #1 takeaway from this research? Did one of our findings surprise you?
Or perhaps you have a question you’d like to know more about.
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