You might recall a review I wrote last week for a documentary called Orgasm Inc, which was essentially how the drug industry was inventing and defining female sexual dysfunction in order to create a market for Lady Viagra. That Lady Viagra has not hit the market in the United States yet, but it’s evident that drug companies are still planting the seeds of female sexual dysfunction.
The latest? A study by Bayer Pharmaceutical, which claims that smart phones, email, and the Internet are killing a woman’s sexual life, at least according to 28 percent of respondents. What’s not apparent from the article, however, is if it’s the man’s use of iPhones or the woman’s use of iPhones that’s disrupting their love lives. After all, in last week’s Social Network Trends, we learned that Facebook is dominated by women. Personally, I just find it annoying when women check Facebook on their iPhones while we’re supposed to be watching “Community” together.
The study also found that the average woman respondent has sex only 1.4 times a week, most of them want to have more sex yet rarely initiate sex, and that men don’t put enough effort into wooing them. Sounds like that study has been watching too many episodes of “According to Jim.”
If you’re worried about the iPhone and Facebook disrupting your sex life, you can probably expect an increase, as another study showed that Facebook and Twitter use increased by a combined 100 percent over last year. Twitter traffic was up 45 percent while Facebook traffic was up 69 percent, though I suspect that a lot of that increase has been due to changes in FB, which make it more difficult to find whatever the hell you want to find.
Yet another study not surprisingly reveals that Facebook doesn’t actually strengthen your friendships though 90 percent of disappointed respondents expect it to (the article headline — “Users of Facebook’s Social Network Are Mostly Anti-Social” — is somewhat misleading). I actually thought that the most interesting nugget to come out of that study was how respondents rated whether the following messages were appropriate to post on Facebook
The take home here? It’s OK to share deeply personal things on Facebook about everything but your love life. That aligns fairly well with my own beliefs.
So, to sum up what we’ve learned today: Facebook use is increasing and it’s messing with our sex lives. But please don’t talk about that on Facebook.