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Jealousy 4.0? An empirical study on jealousy-related discomfort of women evoked by other women and gynoid robots

Jessica M. Szczuka / Nicole C. Krämer
Published Online: 2018-11-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pjbr-2018-0023


While first empirical studies on sexual aspects of human-robot interaction mostly focus on male users’ acceptance, there is no empirical research on how females react to robotic replications of women. To empirically investigate whether robots can evoke the same kind of jealousy-related discomfort as do other women, we conducted an online study in which 848 heterosexual female participants from Germany reacted to the idea that their partner had sexual intercourse with either another woman, a human-like female-looking robot, or a machinelike female-looking robot. The results revealed dimensions in which the jealousy-related discomfort was higher for female competitors compared to the robotic ones (e.g., discomfort caused by the idea of sexual intercourse),whereas in others the robots evoked the same or higher levels of jealousy-related discomfort (e.g., discomfort caused by feelings of inadequacy, discomfort caused by shared emotional and time resources). The variance in the discomfort regarding sexual interactions between one’s partner and robotic competitors could not be explained by personal characteristics (such as self-esteem, subjective physical attractiveness) but rather by technology-related variables (e.g., negative attitude towards robots, a tendency towards anthropomorphism) and the attitude towards sexual nonexclusivity in relationships. The study provides first empirical insights into a question which is of relevance for a responsible handling of sexualized technologies.

Keywords: jealousy; human-robot interaction; sex robots


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Received: 2018-02-28

Accepted: 2018-09-21

Published Online: 2018-11-08

Published in Print: 2018-10-01

Citation Information: Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 323–336, ISSN (Online) 2081-4836, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pjbr-2018-0023.

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