The smartphone can be used to massage just about any part of the body.
But as more people start using it as an adjunct to their daily activities, more experts are exploring ways to harness its power for massage purposes.
In a new study, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that people using smartphones to massage their bodies felt more aroused, had a more intense sexual experience, and had better self-confidence.
“We think this is because smartphones are increasingly being used as tools of social interaction,” said researcher Shigeru Shimizu, an assistant professor in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychology.
“These phones are not only used to control access to information, but also to control behavior.”
Shimizu and his colleagues wanted to know if smartphone users were able to massage themselves more effectively, so they created a computer game to test the idea.
“The goal of this game was to see if people could get a sense of their body’s temperature and how well they could control it using smartphone massage,” Shimizu said.
In the game, a computer controlled a vibrator, a device that is used to stimulate the clitoris.
The vibrator is inserted into the vagina and a small amount of oil is poured into the area to create a lubricant.
The amount of lubricant was dependent on the intensity of the user’s touch.
“In this study, we found that smartphone users had more pleasurable and more intense orgasms with the vibrator and the oil mixture,” Shimuz said.
“The user could also feel more erotic arousal, and they had higher levels of self-esteem and self-worth.
They also reported more enjoyment in social interactions.””
The results show that smartphone use can increase the frequency of sexual experiences, which are usually associated with increased satisfaction,” Shimaz said.
The study also found that the vibrators users had used could also cause more problems than it solved.
“Users who had used vibrators with different vibrators reported having a higher frequency of orgasmic dysfunction,” Shimiz said.
The researchers were unable to determine whether these problems were related to the users’ smartphones or to the device’s capabilities.
The researchers were not able to determine the extent to which smartphones caused these problems, but the researchers did note that “many smartphones can be difficult to control and manipulate” in a variety of ways.
For example, the device can be “swiped off the user,” as one person puts their phone away, which could make it hard to control the device.
Another person could touch the device with their finger or arm.
“It could be difficult for users to avoid using a vibrating smartphone, because the vibrating device can create a lot of vibration,” Shimiza said.
Some smartphone users may even think that their vibrator or oil mixture is a distraction from their social interactions.
“This may be a reason for using vibrators in the first place, as a distraction,” Shimoz said.
Another potential issue with using smartphone vibrators for sex is that they can interfere with a person’s ability to orgasm.
“We didn’t see a significant difference between the vibratory and non-vibratory settings when it came to orgasm, but we did see a difference when it comes to the level of intensity,” he said.
“People tend to think of smartphones as toys for their phones,” said Shimizu.
“But they also have a real impact on the way we interact with each other.”
The researchers said that smartphone vibrator use may be increasing, but it’s important to remember that smartphones are not necessarily a substitute for more effective sex.
“I believe it’s more important for smartphone users to be aware of their own body, and that they should not rely on vibrators,” Shimoyas said.