Approximately 797,151 Americans are believed to be masturbating at this very moment. Soon, with the help of a new female masturbation app called HappyPlayTime, women will be able to take their solo-sex experience to new heights.
Gamification reports that designer and front end developer Tina Gong is set to launch a mobile application that will teach female anatomy and provide lessons on self-stimulation techniques through creative games. The game's quirky mascot, who does not seem to have a name, is a smiling personification of a vagina.
"Though this initially started out as a tenuous experiment, I think it's safe to say that I'm now working hard to make HappyPlayTime a reality," wrote Gong on the site's blog.
The "female masturbation app" says its mission is to encourage women to become comfortable with their own sexual pleasure — a formidable, but worthwhile goal. The company believes "being comfortable with your own sexual pleasure is a prerequisite to both being able to healthily accept pleasure from others, and pleasing others."
According to HappyPlayTime, women between the ages of 27 and 46 tend to express feelings of guilt and shame associated with masturbation that older women (those aged 47-56) do not. About 46.6 percent of women say they masturbate less than once a month, a statistic that some attribute to the social stigma attached to self-stimulation.
Gong explained, "The fact remains that many women and girls don't masturbate at all and may not even know how to."
We have certainly come a long way since 1953, when only 62 percent of women were willing to admit to sex researcher Alfred Kinsey that they engaged in self-pleasure. That number, of course, was in contrast to 92 percent of men. Today, 92 percent of women are not ashamed to say that they masturbate.
Recently, it seems the public has become a little more open to the subject of masturbation, especially because the act of self-stimulation is said to have some pretty great health benefits. Here are just a few:
-Masturbation can help prevent cervical infections and helps relieve urinary tract infections.
-People who masturbate have better cardiovascular health and lower risk for type 2 diabetes.
-Masturbation can help fight insomnia (calming hormones are released after climax)
-Orgasms increase pelvic floor strength.
-Relieves stress and improves mood.
Certified nurse and midwife Carrie Levine wrote that female masturbation can be extremely beneficial and, the more you know, the better. "The important thing is to know as much as you can about the many health benefits of masturbation, and understand that despite prevailing myths and taboos, for many women masturbation is a positive and healthy experience," she wrote.
The HappyPlayTime app is not yet available for purchase, but Gong hopes to get things moving so that more women can begin their journeys to sexual liberation sooner rather than later.