Smart Sex: End Users

Have you used Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled smart sex toys? Have you remotely controlled someone else’s sex toy?

About the study

Technology increasingly forms a part of our sex lives. New technologies have allowed for different forms of sexual engagement and expression, such as connecting remotely with an intimate partner, or syncing a sex toy with a game, kindle book, or VR experience. While there is an expanding body of research on the sexualised use of the internet, there is only limited research of the use of new smart sex products in in adults’ sexual lives. In this study, we want to explore Australian adults’ engagement with, and perceptions around, this topic. The findings from this research will provide an informed basis for improving policy, regulatory and educational responses in this area. Participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 gift voucher.

Who can participate?

To participate, we are seeking people aged 18 years and older who live in Australia and have self-identified to use wi-fi or Bluetooth enabled smart sex products. We are interested in speaking to people who have utilised these products/devices regularly, frequently, or in a meaningful way, rather than a once-off use.

How can I participate?

If you would like to participate, and fit the eligibility criteria, you can select to participate in either a zoom, phone, or face-to-face interview. To express interest in participating, please provide your contact email in the Eligibility Survey. Please email jennifer.power@latrobe.edu.au if you would have any further questions about participation.

What does participation involve?

If you would like to take part in this study, you can select whether to participate in an interview either via zoom, phone, or face-to-face (depending on your location). Face-to-face interviews will take place in Melbourne in a safe, public venue which provides sufficient privacy to discuss sensitive topics. It will take approximately one to two hours of your time to be part of this study. Topics of discussion include background information about yourself, your engagement and experiences with the use of smart sex products, the types of devices used, and the benefits or risks you associate with this practice. Participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 gift voucher.

Where and when are interviews located?

Interviews can take place either face-to-face in Melbourne, over the phone, or via Zoom. You can select an interview time which best suits your schedule.

Who is running this study?

This research is conducted by Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. The researchers conducting this study are Dr Jennifer Power, Dr Andrea Waling, Professor Anne Marie Farrell, Professor Jayne Lucke, Professor Gary Dowsett, Dr Alexandra James, Lily Moor, and Nicole Shackleton. This research has received funding from the Australian Research Council DP190102027 and has been granted ethics approval by the La Trobe University Ethics Committee (HERC number 20492).

How can I find out more?

If you have any further questions, you can contact us at techsexARC@latrobe.edu.au or use the Contact page.

Where can I get ethics information?

If you have a complaint about any part of this study (HERC20492), please contact the Senior Research Ethics Officer at La Trobe University via phone (03 9479 1443) or email (humanethics@lartrobe.edu.au).

When might I be informed of results?

Participants will be informed of the results of the study once they have been peer-reviewed and published. They will receive a short summary of results of the project which will include a list of any publications. Additionally, they can periodically check our Research Outputs page.

Where might I access results?

Participants can request copies of any publications via the contact form on this website.