It appears that lockdown is just an excuse for something that Brits seemingly love anyway: virtual sex.

New research compiled from 4,000 UK adults reveals that people really do love having sex online.

Given the current situation, it is probably a good thing for singletons and separated couples hoping to maintain a (legal) sex life in lockdown.

Sexual wellness brand LELO is behind the study, and it looked into our virtual sex habits both during Lockdown 1.0 and when restrictions eased.

With the Zoom boom that occurred in March, many couples began taking their dates online. Many others tried their hand at getting hot on camera too.

In April, LELO found that a staggering 50% of 25 to 34 year olds had connected with their partners mostly through video sex.

Then in October they quizzed more people about their virtual sex habits, finding that 21% of us have been more sexually intimate virtually than in person since the first lockdown. Perhaps virtual sex, while once a kink, has now become mainstream.

18 to 24 year olds are at it the most online, with 36% saying they’ve had more sexual contact online with a partner than in person. Meanwhile for those aged 55 to 64, it unsurprisingly drops to 11%.

And the results don’t just apply to single people – most interestingly, 1 in 5 who live with a partner are still having more sexually intimate moments online than in person. Who’d have thought?

Sexpert Kate Moyles says: ‘Some couples may find it easy to adapt to a new way of being sexual and moving their sex life to virtual rather than in-person experiences; others may find the experience anxiety-provoking and would rather avoid it.”

‘The reality for some relationships is that by being in a long-distance relationship (without it being what they thought that they were signing up for) and there being the uncertainty of when they will next see each other, sexting, phone or video sex is a way of maintaining chemistry and the erotic connection between them – and for many it’s the only option available to them.

‘So it’s not a surprise that we have seen a rise in phone and video sex figures.’

If you’re intrigued and haven’t yet given it a try, Kate says it’s important to talk about it with the other person(s) first so you can set some ground rules.

Trust is always a major consideration with virtual sex, so to avoid any anxiety you could keep your face out of any images or videos you send. You might also come up with an agreement to delete any exchanged content after the sex session is over.

Remember you’re always allowed to say no – consent is still real even if you aren’t having the sexual encounter in person.

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