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‘Virgin’ Tech Workers Are Big Business For Silicon Valley Sex Therapists

‘Virgin’ Tech Workers Are Big Business For Silicon Valley Sex Therapists: Courtesy of HBO.

Courtesy of HBO.

Stereotypes are bad. Unless, of course, they’re stereotypes about guys who work in the tech industry. Those are surprisingly accurate, according to Vocativ.com.

In her feature titled “The Sex Therapists Of Silicon Valley,” author Tracy Clark-Flory chronicles the life of “Dan,” a successful manager at a “thriving startup” who remains a virgin at the age of 40. Clark-Flory claims that although Dan is an extreme example, he is one of many socially-inept Silicon Valley techies who are “flocking to experts to learn how to talk to women and fix sexless marriages.”

While being a virgin at 40 may be extreme, Dan is one of many tech guys who are driving business for the sex therapists of the San Francisco Bay Area. The counselors I’ve spoken with say that anywhere between 50 to 90 percent of their clientele are tech workers, and the vast majority of them are heterosexual men. (Tech employees were estimated in 2011 to account for only 12 percent of workers in the Bay Area.)

Woz doesn

Woz doesn’t need a sex therapist. (Courtesy of ABC)

Reasons for the high rate of Silicon Valley tech workers attending sex therapy are varied. For starters, tech workers tend to have a large amount of disposable income to spend on things like sex therapy. That probably skews their numbers higher. However, the nature of programming, which is a male-dominated profession, doesn’t exactly lend itself to social interaction with the opposite sex. Sometimes it doesn’t even lend itself to interaction with humans of any sex.

Another common issue that these therapists encounter with tech clients is they treat sex like a line of broken code in need of debugging, or a mathematical equation. “That’s the crux of trying to interact with a human, though: there isn’t a formula,” says [sex therapist Elizabeth McGrath]. “Human connection is not formulaic.

Not formulaic? Try telling that to the guys who coded Match.com or Tinder.

(Source: Vocativ.com)


Jason Mathews is Internetting way too hard. Follow him at @jasonmathews316.

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