Sexual well-being is a fundamental facet of the overall well-being of most individuals and implies the ability to have safe and pleasurable sexual experiences, beyond the absence of disease or disturbance. The extent to which people can achieve sexual well-being depends, among other aspects, on whether they live in an environment that promotes and support it. The present study focuses on the unexplored impacts of the perceived acoustic environment (i.e., the soundscape) on human sexual activity carried out in domestic settings. Verbal descriptions have been gathered from open-ended questions included in a survey administered to 848 respondents living in the UK (London area) and in Italy in January 2021 during the COVID-19 lockdown. Thematic analysis was used to extract a framework detailing the positive and negative impacts of the acoustic environment on sexual activity. The results show the mechanisms by which the acoustic features of the environment can impact on the sexual experience in terms of privacy, distraction, disruption or support, up to trigger coping strategies (e.g., controlling windows, playing music) and behavioural changes (e.g., lowering the volume of the voice) that can in turn limit or enhance the freedom of sexual behaviour, affect or foster sexual well-being.

“You are on mute”: The impact of Indoor Soundscape on Sexual Well-being during the COVID-19 Lockdown / Torresin, Simone; Ratcliffe, Eleanor; Aletta, Francesco; Albatici, Rossano; Babich, Francesco; Oberman, Tim; Kang, Jian. - ELETTRONICO. - (2022), pp. 652-652. (Intervento presentato al convegno inter.noise 2022 tenutosi a Glasgow nel 21-24 agosto 2022).

“You are on mute”: The impact of Indoor Soundscape on Sexual Well-being during the COVID-19 Lockdown

Torresin, Simone;Aletta, Francesco;Albatici, Rossano;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Sexual well-being is a fundamental facet of the overall well-being of most individuals and implies the ability to have safe and pleasurable sexual experiences, beyond the absence of disease or disturbance. The extent to which people can achieve sexual well-being depends, among other aspects, on whether they live in an environment that promotes and support it. The present study focuses on the unexplored impacts of the perceived acoustic environment (i.e., the soundscape) on human sexual activity carried out in domestic settings. Verbal descriptions have been gathered from open-ended questions included in a survey administered to 848 respondents living in the UK (London area) and in Italy in January 2021 during the COVID-19 lockdown. Thematic analysis was used to extract a framework detailing the positive and negative impacts of the acoustic environment on sexual activity. The results show the mechanisms by which the acoustic features of the environment can impact on the sexual experience in terms of privacy, distraction, disruption or support, up to trigger coping strategies (e.g., controlling windows, playing music) and behavioural changes (e.g., lowering the volume of the voice) that can in turn limit or enhance the freedom of sexual behaviour, affect or foster sexual well-being.
2022
Proceedings Internoise 2022
Glasgow
Scottish Event Campus
978-1-906913-42-7
Torresin, Simone; Ratcliffe, Eleanor; Aletta, Francesco; Albatici, Rossano; Babich, Francesco; Oberman, Tim; Kang, Jian
“You are on mute”: The impact of Indoor Soundscape on Sexual Well-being during the COVID-19 Lockdown / Torresin, Simone; Ratcliffe, Eleanor; Aletta, Francesco; Albatici, Rossano; Babich, Francesco; Oberman, Tim; Kang, Jian. - ELETTRONICO. - (2022), pp. 652-652. (Intervento presentato al convegno inter.noise 2022 tenutosi a Glasgow nel 21-24 agosto 2022).
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