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Sales of face masks and hand sanitizer aren’t the only things selling well these days — retailers across the country say sales of toys have spiked over the last few weeks, as people look for new ways to self-pleasure during their self-quarantine.
Retail chain, Lovers, which also owns A Touch of Romance and Christal’s, says sales were already “really high” right before their stores were forced to close on March 25th.
“We believe customers realized they were going to be stuck inside and bought a toy before it was too late,” says Barbara Cook, President of Lovers Family of Stores. “In some cases, those stores in the last few days before they closed were up double digits compared to the same time period last year.”
Online toy retailer, meantime, reports a 200% increase in sales on their website since the coronavirus outbreak forced people into quarantine two weeks ago. Among their best-sellers: waterproof vibrators, remote-controlled couples toys, and the site’s popular “Battery-Operated Boyfriend.”
“Our goal as a company has always been to deliver pleasure, and people need some pleasure right now more than ever,”
According to Dietrich, the idea that (or sex toys) can be good for stress isn’t completely unfounded. “During released from the brain, which could aid in stress relief,” he says, citing data from the National Institute of Health.
According to toy manufacturer TENGA’s 2019 Self Pleasure Report, Americans say one the most “stress-relieving activities” they can do. The report found that 74% of respondents use toys as a form of self-care, while 54% say it improves their mental wellbeing. More than 88% of Indians meantime, say that toys helps to boost their mood.
As we settle into the reality of at least another six weeks of quarantine (if not longer), studies say a little self-pleasure could also benefit us in other areas as well.
Research has shown that the release of oxytocin could help . We already know that toys can help increase energy, but according to documents published on the NIH website, a study by German researchers found that men who toys to were also able to increase. Conclusions remain to be drawn, but the study does offer a little more incentive to do a little corona-related caressing.
“It’s been an interesting time for our stores the last few weeks and what we experienced really shows something titillating,” says Cook. “We’re interested to see what the long-term implications are going to be once we all get through this, especially on the human behavior side.”
Whether you’re just starting out with toys or skilled at the art of stimulation, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular devices and accessories that people are buying right now.