Futurology paints plausible visions of the future in a variety of areas. But, in essence, all these studies are looking for an answer to one single question: what awaits humanity in the future?
Predictions of volcanic eruptions, changes in the configurations of continents, replacement of diseased human organs with artificial analogs – all this excites our imagination, but unexpectedly fades when we get acquainted with the conclusions of scientists about possible changes in the relationship of love and sex.
It is possible that it is the changes in this area that most radically transform civilization, culture, and our ideas about what is good and what is bad.
Basic instinct is the engine of civilization
We do not think about how love and sex define the face of our civilization. Production and advertising, stimulation of consumption … All that is called complex economic terms, one way or another tied to the satisfaction of an important human need – to find a sexual partner.
The design of not only clothes, but even cars is aimed at the need to improve sexual status and, if successful, serves as a background for the demonstration: “I am the loveliest in the world, all blush and whiter.”
All culture – literature, music, painting – all plots and harmonies are built around attraction, passion, delight or tragedy. Loyalty and jealousy, happiness and grief, betrayal and betrayal – almost all the masterpieces of world culture reproduce these stories in one way or another. No wonder linguists believe that there are only thirty-three of them. But it was they who shaped the paths of our search for happiness.
American biologist Matt Ridley in his book “Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature” argues that these paths will radically change in a decade. While the question remains open, what can we expect, losses or acquisitions. Let’s look at the main predictions.
Skin contact is a thing of the past
Scientists refer to data that the libido is losing its power over desires and aspirations. And in each next generation it becomes stronger and stronger. The trend manifests itself not only in psychological attitudes, but also in physiology.
Researchers are juggling with overwhelming evidence of decreased testosterone and sperm activity in men. Forecasts say that the process will only intensify. Moreover, in addition to such obvious reasons as the deterioration of the environment and a sedentary lifestyle, changes in the social sphere play a significant role – reformatting gender roles, strengthening the cult of individualism.
The generation of those born at the beginning of the 21st century is considered the most asexual in history – here both the relatively late onset of sexual activity and a decrease in interest in sexual contacts. This is most clearly represented by data from surveys conducted in the US, Canada and the UK.
The most frightening data for traditionalists, however, is that of the Japanese. According to research from the Japan National Institute for Population and Social Security Research, about half of women and a quarter of the male population choose to do without sex with real partners. This phenomenon has received the name “celibacy syndrome” in Japanese sociology.
In parallel with this, technological progress has already provided us with robots capable of simulating affection, tenderness, and even sexual intercourse. So far, the quality of the processes is inferior to natural physiology, but it is already clear that a full-fledged imitation of a human sexual partner is not far off.
And neither you betrayal, nor unrequited love, nor tragedies, but only one sheer pleasure, at least this is how it looks at first glance.