Whether people like to talk about it publicly or not, there is simply no denying that sex toys are hugely popular and a mainstay for many people in their everyday lives. The fact that the first vibrator was invented in the late 19th century simply emphasizes how long this love affair between our bodies and adult toys has been developing.
With so many advances in technology in terms of functionality and materials, there has never been a better time to be a sex toy fan; the realm of choice and options for sex toys in delivering pleasure are vast. It’s not surprising therefore that the adult toy industry is now a multi-billion dollar industry around the world and research on trends suggests that this is set to continue.
There are many types of sex toy user; some are collectors and build up their treasure trove of toys carefully, others seek out a toy to satisfy a specific need and of course, there’s a mix of both. Sex toys provide those who are not in a relationship with an outlet to express themselves in terms of their sexual desires and with the abundance of choice, they can easily satisfy most pleasure points.
Sex toys are also wonderful for couples, as a way of keeping things exciting and interesting in the bedroom and of course, people in relationships use toys solo at times too for some “personal time”! The most well-known sex toy is likely the vibrator and this came to major prominence in the ’00s in popular culture through the appearance of the rabbit vibrator in an episode of the global hit Sex And the City.
Of course, vibrators are not solely for female use; they can be used by all sexes so they are a wonderful starting point. The rabbit vibrator is tailored more towards those who have a clitoris but the traditional phallic vibrator is quite adaptable (sex lubricant use advised!). The guys at adult toy retailer Carvaka did some interesting research recently to document what people search for on their site to gauge what the more popular adult toys are around the UK. It makes for interesting reading to see what is “on trend” in the sex toy industry today; check it out below!