diary of a mad househusband

23 march 2000

 

 cybersex: now it's out of your hands

Technology convergence has given the oft-abused term "cybersex" real meaning. It is now possible to reach out and touch someone in a very intimate way. The technology is a bit crude at the moment, but refinements seem to be coming at a rapid pace.

Until now, cybersex has been strictly a DIY affair. While the so-called "cyber" element has offered mental stimulation, via an email or chat relationship with another person, each participant has had to handle his or her own physical stimulation.

This is no longer the case; now, technology allows you to let another person stimulate you physically, by remote control-- and you can return the favor.

I made this potentially shocking discovery as a result of viewing a video of a man achieving obvious satisfaction with no visible stimulation, but with highly visible electrodes attached to his genitals. I can't say the sight aroused my libido in the slightest, but it did excite my curiosity: How did that happen?

My Web search for answers led to several vendors of expensive equipment designed to cause pleasure or pain through the application of electricity to one's sensitive body parts, and the realization that the practice isn't new. I found other pages discussing the rewards and risks of such activities in great detail. The most interesting of these, to me, is Wolfie Buckleton's Stereo Stimulation Source, offering "'Do It Yourself' Electrosex Freeware, Files and Information." In frank and forthright fashion laced with self-conscious humor, Buckleton gets right down to it:

The "stereo amp method" uses a sound-card-equipped computer to generate and play .wav files through a stereo amplifier. The amplifier's speaker terminals are connected to your genitals or other erogenous zones, rather than to speakers. The amplified audio waveforms electronically stimulate the nerves deep inside, producing amazing, intense orgasms.

The site includes a page describing how, earlier this month, two people combined this technique with Microsoft Netmeeting 3.0 over the Internet. Reported one of the participants, "I tried various wave files and turned up the volume till he was satified ... Sensational!!!"

The material I read indicates that electrical stimulation is more widely practiced by, and more likely to succeed with, males than females. For those inclined toward a more traditional plug and play approach, SafeSexPlus.com offers exactly that:

When you hook up an everyday, plain-vanilla vibrator (or more advanced sextoy) to a $25 contraption... called a "SSP Adapter", and then place the box on your monitor via the handy-dandy suction cup, anyone on the internet can control your sextoy!

Will these techniques displace the original plug and play method? It's too soon to tell, but the freedom from fear of STDs and pregnancy will certainly make them attractive to many, and the technology is certain to improve rapidly.

Of course, only you can decide whether one of them will be coming soon to a computer near you.

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