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Have better sex.
With 22% of 25- to 34-yearolds having used a dating app to land a partner, according to Pew Research Centre, why not let an app help you navigate sex with said partner? As smooth as you may be at swiping and chatting, you can still get lost in the bedroom. Your phone, as it does every other aspect of your life, knows this – or rather it will, with a slew of new digital services built to hone your sexual performance.
FOR WHEN YOU’RE A DATA HOUND
The App: Lovely (ourlovely.com)
This one requires a tracking accessory, and it’s not a smartwatch. When paired with the vibrating Lovely ring for your, uh, anatomy, the app tracks and analyses your body movements during sex. Using that information, it suggests new positions and activities. Into missionary? The app recommends the Launch Pad, in which your partner lifts her legs and puts her feet against your chest, so she controls the action. Preview Lesson! Beyond cold metrics, the Lovely blog touts planned sex. It can still be intimate and arousing – just imagine the thrill of receiving that calendar invite.
FOR WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW IT ALL
The App: Juicebox (juiceboxit.com)
A common complaint that sex and relationship coach and professor Charlie Glickman hears from male clients is that they feel pressure to act like porn stars in bed. “For a lot of guys, the scariest three words they could say are ‘I don’t know’,” he explains. This app that lets you – for free – privately browse user questions and seek advice from screened experts. For a weekly cost, you get unlimited access to interactive sex-ed guides, plus one-on-one chats with certified sex educators. Preview Lesson! In the app, Juicebox coach Stella Harris suggests upping your oral game by using your hands to stimulate other areas of your partner’s body while you’re at it, like her hips, thighs, or breasts.
FOR KICKING OFF CONVERSATION
The App: Gottman Card Decks (via the App Store)
One sex tip you’ll probably hear from any relationship expert? Get good at communication. But becoming better at talking about sex takes effort, just like actual sex. Swipe through the “cards” from the relationship pros at the Gottman Institute for prompts to help you both put relationship needs into words and discover questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask. Preview Lesson! The app’s Salsa decks suggest ways to get the two of you in the mood, like “Have a naked bill-paying night.” So that would be two naked bill-paying nights in a week?!