Online Retailer Adam & Eve Surveys Adults 'Pleasuring in Place'

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.—Online adult retailer Adam & Eve/ recently polled more than 2,000 visitors to its website to investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting their love lives—and it found that while singles and couples pleasure in place differently during the lockdown, both groups are experimenting with different facets of intimacy.

Based on the survey results, the couples polled are:

• Trying new positions for the first time.

• Having more sex in different parts of the house.

• Introducing shared toys into their relationships.

Not only were couples found to have been looking for new ways to be intimate, but 43 percent of the couples polled were found never to have used a shared toy and were very interested in trying one together for the first time. Even more couples (49 percent) reported that they were introducing new positions into their sex life since sheltering in place started.

"Couples can strongly benefit from trying new things and exploring different options to improve intimacy. New places and new toys are healthy and highly recommended,” said Dr. Jenni Skyler, Adam & Eve's resident sex therapist.

More than 52 percent of the singles polled reported that it is important to have a variety of sex toys available during these uncertain times. While 60 percent of the singles reported that their self-pleasuring has increased considerably since sheltering in place began, 38 percent said they will wait at least a month to go on an in-person date once social distancing ends.

One result of the poll that Adam & Eve said it found surprising was that 19 percent of singles reported they were visiting for their first sex toy.

“There’s no better time to try something new," Dr. Jenni commented. "This is a great opportunity to increase your self-pleasure practice and get in close touch with how arousal and desire work in your body. Self-pleasure followed by an orgasm releases dopamine to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. The right toy will give you the right results. Find a toy that turns you on and feels like a good fit.”

This web-based survey was conducted by, and completed by more than 2,000 adult customers, ages 18 and up, in an effort to study sexual preferences and practices.