How sex trends changed in lock down

Singles fear they have ‘forgotten how to flirt’ and couples are ‘getting more adventurous’: Experts reveal how sex trends changed in lockdown

  •  Sex experts have revealed how lockdown changed the way we get intimate
  •  More people now prioritise monogamous relationships over casual dating
  • More couples have bought toys to help them spice up their relationships

There have been huge shifts in sex trends globally over the last two years including a spike in sex-toy sales and a universal ‘lack of confidence’.

Stemming from lockdowns and a change in social boundaries and rules following the Covid 19 pandemic, the new sexual trends appear to be sticking even as the world opens up again.

Data collected by sex brand Normal and presented to FEMAIL by girl boss Lucy Wark and sex coach Georgia Grace reveal exactly how Australians are feeling about getting intimate.

Lucy Wark and sex coach Georgia Grace reveal exactly how Australians are feeling about getting intimate following lockdown

Increased masturbation 

According to the information collected by the two women and their team there has been a huge increase in the sale of sex toys – and it’s not just singles buying them.

‘Among single individuals surveyed, 29% spent more time overall on masturbation and self pleasure,’ they said.

But they admitted with social distancing and lockdowns enforced, this figure wasn’t too shocking.

‘What is surprising is that even people in relationships have spent more time pleasuring themselves,’ they said.

‘In addition, 46% of singles and 50% of couples reported incorporating new items into their self pleasure routine, which explains the spike in sex toy sales, and searches for homemade sex toys.’

Low sexual confidence

While some people admitted to exploiting the partner loop hole to continue dating in lockdown many say the prolonged period of time from ‘the scene’ has left them scared to return. 

‘They are anxious about relearning how to flirt with others, and experience lower sexual confidence,’ they said.

Impact on relationships

Couples either thrived during lockdown – happy to spend more time with their partner or broke down.

Sex coach Georgia Grace, pictured, said more people are unsing solo sex toys than ever

‘36% said their sexual desire took a nosedive, while 77% mentioned they were able to improve their intimacy and try new things together.’

But despite trying new things and incorporating toys into their bedroom routines most people in a relationship said the frequency of sex in their relationship didn’t change.

The ‘situationship’ shift

Half of all people in a complicated relationship said their partnership status changed over lockdown.

For some that meant acknowledging the other person should no longer be part of their intimate life – but many pairs ‘became official’.

And there appeared to be a shift in the way people felt about relationships in general with 50 percent recognising a change in their own beliefs.

For 20 percent that meant lockdown made them feel more drawn to monogamous relationships. 

18 percent of people decided they preferred casual dating, nine percent were more interested in ethical non-monogamy and two percent had changed their opinion some other way.

Dating frustrations

The women found that 30 percent of single people became frustrated by lockdowns – noting their desire to meet someone but inability to do so face-to-face.

A further 21 percent of people were frustrated because they didn’t meet anyone, in real life or online, who the gelled with.

And only one percent of respondents said they met someone during lockdown and ended up in a relationship with them.

The women revealed lockdown also helped people confirm the status of their ‘situationships’

Dating apps were also heavily criticised with a third of those surveyed revealing they are sick and tired of them but have continued to use them anyway.

Another well-known sexual wellness company, Lelo, also found an increase in sex toy sales.

Surprisingly 20 percent of their customers revealed they weren’t buying for themselves or a partner – but a friend they thought could do with the gift.

With women aged between 18-34 most likely to receive a personal-pleasure product.

More than ten percent of people who bought personal toys did so for the first time ever, the company revealed. 

And talking about their selection of toys also became less taboo, they revealed.

More than half of all women said they would talk about the toys with their intimate partners and more than 40 percent said they would discuss them with their friends.

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