Sex robots might not produce significant mental health benefits. There's an argument that realistic Sexbots could have a range of positive impacts, from protecting children from pedophiles to providing companionship and easing loneliness. Research out of Kings College London finds that there's little evidence to support any of these claims. Lead study author Susan Bewley urges researchers to study the issue more in depth before making any potentially false and ultimately harmful claims.
Bewley wrote in the journal "BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health" that, “It is speculative whether the development of a sexbot marketplace will lead to lesser risk of violence and infections, or drive further exploitation of human sex workers. The ‘health’ arguments made for their benefits, as with so many advertised products, are rather specious.”
The study raised concerns about "sexbots" spreading sexually-transmitted infections, worsening impotence problems, and enabling sexually deviancy such as rape culture and pedophilia. Sheffield University Professor (and Chairman of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics) Noel Sharkey added, “The manufacturers are doing a massive marketing job on the health benefits of sex robots, particularly for therapy, and yet there is absolutely no evidence for this."