Sex expert Tami Rose is seeing a spike in sales at her adult boutique Romantic Adventures, which isn’t unusual for Valentine’s Day. What is unusual? A large number of the toys, lingerie and accessories she’s selling are for long-distance video chat!
“Sex is absolutely going virtual like everything else in our lives; I personally feel like my life gets more digital every day,” says Rose of the COVID-guided lockdown trend. “Our phones have become the essential tool for modern life, and they are at their core a communication device, so it is natural that communication with our lovers would be an essential part of that.”
With isolation being an issue when it comes to long-term home confinement, Rose says that people may want to embrace this sexy trend in 2021. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, an emoji might be worth 10,000, because there is an agreed-upon understanding of it that actually connects with the collective unconscious and reaffirms a tribal sense of belonging.”
Rose notes that her clients’ current long-distance favorites on her shopromanticadventures.com site include bondage kits to kick up the kink a notch and buzzy Bluetooth-enabled devices to get the flow going in a playful way.
“Sexting and teasing is a great way to create tension throughout the day that can slowly build up to a scene between you and your partner at a later time,” adds Rose. “In our very fragmented and isolated lives right now, it can be a special way to reach out and get on the same page with someone.
“There are many things to worry about and get done, but a text in the midst of an unrelated task can get you dreaming about the pleasure that is promised by it. Which adds a bit of spice to an otherwise stressful day.”