More than a quarter of millennials would date a robot, with men three times more likely to do so than women, according to a report.
The report, which was conducted by Havas, based itself on a survey of 12,000 people, and discovered that 27 percent of 18-34 year olds would be open to dating a robot, with men more inclined to do so.
Havas also revealed that men in the UK are more likely than women to prefer their “social media lives” to real life, with “nearly 20 per cent preferring the virtual world,” according to the report.
70 percent of those surveyed claimed “smartphones are weakening human bonds,” and 40 percent of those aged between 18 and 34 admitted to being concerned that “robots will take their jobs.”
In response to the results, Havas PR Board Director Nigel Hughes declared, “Filters and AR can, on the face of it, help improve people’s perceptions of the world around them, yet our study reveals that nearly half (42 per cent) of 18-34 years olds felt unhappy about their own lives after comparing themselves to others on social media.”
“That’s compared to only 21 per cent of 35-54 year olds saying the same, suggesting we are not equipping young people with the emotional framework needed to process this virtual reality,” he continued.
In April, it was reported that a Chinese man had married his self-created robot girlfriend after becoming “frustrated” with human dating, while in July, it was reported that sex robot brothels were gaining popularity in Europe.
Last month, Dr. Neil McArthur, an associate professor at the University of Manitoba, also claimed society “must be prepared” for the rise of “digisexuals” who use technology as their primary sexual outlet.
“Many people will find that their experiences with this technology become integral to their sexual identity and some will prefer them to direct sexual interactions with humans,” he claimed, adding, “There is no question that sexbots are coming. People will form an intense connection with their robot companions.”