A recent British study probed the health effects of widespread sexbot use. It was published in the journal, BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. Its outlook is rather dim. Instead of instituting harm limitation or merely becoming a healthy outlet, researchers find that pervasive sexbot use would likely increase what they called, “misogynistic objectification.”

This is the idea that women are sex objects and should be constantly available for the pleasures of men. Researchers say such an outlook could lead to the further victimization of women and children. Professor of women’s health Susan Bewley, of Kings College London, co-authored the study, along with Dr. Chantal Cox-George.

Support group for former Filipina sex workers. Rather than lessening trafficking and other sex crimes, widespread use of sexbots might increase them. Image credit: Getty Images.

A search of scholarly journal databases brought up all the studies surrounding the health effects of sexbots. They evaluated “the arguments for and against the sex robot industry,” and assessed, “the potential health implications that may affect both patients and clinicians.” The researchers also wrote, “While a human may genuinely desire a sexbot, reciprocation can only be artificially mimicked.” Instead of lessening loneliness, these robots might make us crave human contact more. Researchers do admit however that sexbots may have their place. They could aid those who are extremely lonely or who want to be cured of some type of sexual dysfunction.

Eventually, those who use sex robots could find it difficult to navigate a romantic relationship with an actual human being. Researchers found absolutely no evidence that interaction with a sexbot would make children safer or decrease sex trafficking. It might, instead, normalize such acts to the predator themselves and therefore make such heinous incidents more common. There’s no evidence pervasive sexbot use will decrease other sex crimes, either.

On top of all that, there’s no guarantee it’ll stop the spread of STIs, as there’s no evidence users will care for it properly or even keep a sexbot to themselves. “The overwhelming predominant market for sexbots will be unrelated to healthcare,” researchers conclude in their study. “Thus the 'health' arguments made for their benefits, as with so many advertised products, are rather specious."

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