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Sex toys industry is booming thanks to social distancing

Why should sex toy sales go up during social distancing? After all, most sex toys are not like toilet paper. Chances are that either more “self-love” and other sexual activity is occurring or people are trying to find ways to add more variety to each. The pandemic and social distancing can leave you feeling more stressed, isolated, lonely, and bored. The range of things to do is more limited.

Sexual activity can provide some assistance with each of these. It can help pass the time, it can stimulate the release of hormones such as dopamine, the so-called “happiness hormone”, endorphins, the so-called “natural pain reliever”, and oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone.” Sounds like a good thing, right? However, there’s one problem with having sex with someone else. It requires someone else! Maintaining social distancing and at least a six foot distance from each other can be challenging during sex.

Over time “giving yourself a hand” in the same way over and over again may get repetitive and monotonous and prompt you to say, “oh, you again.” Perhaps, you need something to spice things up for yourself. Moreover, sex toys can facilitate the whole sex-with-a-partner-at-a distance thing in various ways. If you have to stay at least six feet away from your partner, perhaps a sex toy could serve as a “representative” or an “ambassador” of yourself or rather part of yourself. Thus, it’s not surprising that sex toy sales have risen.
According to a recent report by Research Dive, the global sex toys market is forecasted to reach $49,705.7 million at the CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 9.2% by 2026, rising from $24,929.0 million in 2018.

The importance of sexual health is being promoted by various companies and organizations through the use of female sex toys. Sexual awareness campaigns encourage women to practice safe sex, to take care of their sexual health issues and empower women to own their sexuality through female sex toys. Therefore the female segment held the global sex toys market share in previous years, which was 63.2% and is projected to continue same dominance over the global market during the forecast years. This growth is attributed to wide utilization of sexual enrichment devices by females. Besides women, the men segment will witness to grow at a moderate CAGR of 9.0% and projected to generate a revenue of $18,092.9 million by 2026. The rapid growth in the availability of portable, rechargeable and noiseless devices for both males and females, which will drive the market growth in the forecast timeframe.

Nonetheless, the more the market key players are emphasizing on research and development, merger and acquisition, and other strategies there is no question of a doubt that the market growth will be restored in the upcoming years. Read more articles here

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BCAMS Magazine, the 20th issue!

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This December issue, themed around the festive season, features 15 models in Christmas attire and delves into critical societal aspects like law, technology, and personal rights.


We begin with entertainment and justice, examining Strike 3 Holdings’ controversial copyright practices and the New York Adult Survivors Act’s impact on addressing sexual abuse.

The focus then shifts to 2024’s beauty and personal care trends, highlighting NeuroGlow, Beaut-AI, and Perfect Corp.’s insights on Generative AI in fashion, emphasizing technology’s role in consumer preferences.

We explore Gen Z’s online privacy views and the LGBTQ+ community’s internal challenges, such as racism in subcultures.

The final section tackles AI-generated non-consensual imagery, spotlighting the need for legislative and ethical responses in the AI era.

This issue blends Christmas joy with thought-provoking discussions on pivotal topics, aiming to enlighten and inspire readers.

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Halloween Spending Soars Despite Economic Challenges

Halloween in the United States is witnessing a surprising trend: record-high spending in the face of economic challenges. In 2023, spending on Halloween is expected to reach a historic $12.2 billion, surpassing the already impressive $10.6 billion spent in 2022, as reported by the National Retail Federation (NRF). This growth occurs despite the backdrop of rising inflation and looming economic uncertainties.

The breakdown of spending shows a notable increase in various categories:
$4.1 billion on costumes, up from $3.6 billion in 2022.
$3.9 billion on decorations.
$3.6 billion on candy, an increase from $3.1 billion the previous year.

Moreover, the average per-person spending is forecasted to rise to $108.24, exceeding the 2021 record of $102.74. This surge in expenditure highlights an interesting dynamic: while facing inflationary pressures, Americans are not shying away from celebrating Halloween in grandeur.

In 2023, the NRF survey revealed that 73% of respondents planned to partake in Halloween-related activities, a slight increase from 69% in 2022. This shift to more in-person festivities follows the COVID-19 pandemic, which had dampened the holiday spirit in previous years.

However, economic challenges are shaping consumers’ shopping habits. Reports from PowerReviews indicate that 73% of Americans are adjusting their Halloween shopping due to financial strains. Cost-saving measures include recycling costumes, buying cheaper candy, and shopping for sales and discounts. Nearly half of the consumers plan to start shopping before October, a strategy to spread out expenses over time.

Despite these cost-conscious approaches, some consumers are turning to credit card debt and Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) options to finance their holiday expenses. This trend underscores the current financial landscape where people are struggling yet still willing to spend on holidays like Halloween.

To manage these expenses, consumers are advised to create a holiday budget and stick to it, shop for deals, and consider financial options like personal loans for debt consolidation. Retailers, recognizing the tightening budgets, are focusing on personalized promotions and in-store experiences to attract shoppers.

In conclusion, while the economic landscape presents challenges, the allure of Halloween remains strong in the U.S., with consumers eager to celebrate the spooky season, albeit with a more budget-conscious approach.

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BCAMS Magazine, the 19th issue!

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In the latest BCAMS Magazine, we explore an array of modern themes through different lenses. We start with the creative fusion of Halloween themes in modeling, showcasing the blend of celebration, style, and innovation. Next, we dive into finance, highlighting the unexpected surge in Halloween spending during economic uncertainties and the growth of digital platforms like XloveCam.com, which are redefining content creation and monetization.


The magazine then examines the beauty and lifestyle sector, looking at Halloween 2023’s influence on pop culture and the adult entertainment industry, including the integration of VR technology. We also tackle serious issues like digital ethics, discussing the creation of lifelike fake images, their implications on privacy, and the political debates around LGBTQ+ rights, with a focus on figures like Mike Johnson.

Concluding with Tech&IT, we delve into the crucial role of age verification technology in industries like cannabis and the legal challenges faced by companies like Meta regarding youth privacy. This issue of BCAMS Magazine offers a comprehensive view of the intertwined elements of our modern society, from consumer trends to ethical and legal challenges.


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