They have examples of them going back to the Egyptians and earlier. For thousands of years they were pretty much the same with a few add-ons to make them a little more fun. All of that changed in the 20th century when electronics got smaller along with motors and other items. In the 21st century the addition of small personal area networks and the connected device brought a whole new game to this multi-million dollar industry. As we saw at CES the idea of the connected sex toy is coming no pun intended… ;- fast. They are hear with some very innovative ways of expanding their more usual functionality.
Despite the melodramatic title of this book, Cybersex: The Dark Side of the Force is in fact an academic publication, and originally came out as a special issue of the journal Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. The seven articles are scholarly in form, with footnotes and references. The authors are mostly associated with private clinics, treatment centers, or universities, although there is detailed information about them, and so it isn't clear what their affiliation with universities is, or even what degrees they hold. There's nothing to stop someone from teaching an introductory psychology university course as an adjunct professor and then saying that they are at that university. My concern over status here is because there is a scarcity of good research on online addiction, especially for online sex, probably because it is a relatively new phenomenon, and so one needs to give careful scrutiny to claims about the prevalence and treatment of these problems.
Outside North America? Click here for availability information. Each day, hundreds of thousands of individuals access the Internet to make sexual contact with each other without ever having met eye-to-eye or having said a simple hello.
Pornography and Technology History of Pornography and Technology The spread of pornography is inexorably linked to the development of technology. Almost every communication-oriented technology has been used for sexual purposes. The printing press is used to print sexually explicit images and text, the telephone created phone sex, and videotapes brought full motion pornography into the living room. Companies that have attempted to prevent their technologies from being used for sexual purposes have often failed. One reason often given for the victory of VHS video tapes over the Beta format is that Beta refused to let their tapes be used for pornography.