Australians separated from their partners during the COVID-19 pandemic are turning to technology to keep the romance alive.
According to the popular online adult store The Hot Spot, there was a 230% increase in long-distance sex toys (LDRs) during the lockdown.
These couples toys are controlled through an app on a smartphone, where the app allows a partner to control the toy remotely via the Internet.
“Our orders for LDR toys more than doubled over the June to September period, particularly in Victoria,” said Justin Easty, director of The Hot Spot.
He also said several clients admitted to using webcam apps like Skype or Zoom in combination with LDR toys to keep their relationships alive.
“People living in distant countries, cities or even streets are sometimes forced to stay physically away from each other for months, and these new technological advancements help keep people connected,” Mr. Easty said.
“A client in Safety Beach Victoria said he had not seen his girlfriend for four months due to the state’s current foreclosure laws. He claimed these toys kept his relationship strong while they were apart. “
Mr Easty revealed that the most popular LDR sex toy purchases in recent months were:
- The Magic Moon – Candy: portable vibrator for smartphone
- OhMiBod Bluemotion Nex 1: portable vibrator controlled by application
- We-Vibe – Jive: Portable vibrator for smartphone app
- OhMiBod – Esca 2: Portable vibrator controlled by the app
- Je Jouve Nuo V. 2: Double motor anal plug
Mr Easty said “most of the time” the toys were purchased as a “surprise gift” for a locked out partner, many sent with “funny and positive personal messages.”