Help, my wife is replacing me with plastic! To start, my wife is constantly absorbed in her phone. Whenever she is at home, she either has her nose buried in the phone or she has her headphones in listening to a podcast. It's to the point that the kids know not to go to her because she won't hear them and even when we are sitting on the couch watching TV together she is messaging with friends or reading articles. I have confronted her, and her response is that it's work or she's helping a friend with something. She doesn't talk to me anymore about anything of any importance and I feel as though she has replaced me emotionally. And I now feel like she has replaced me sexually.
If you've ever used a vibrator in the bedroom, you know that introducing your partner to your trusted Hitachi Magic Wand can be just as awkward and jealousy-inducing as introducing them to an ex. But new research indicates that cultural attitudes toward couples' vibrator use might be changing. A study from the University of Guelph, Ontario, recently surveyed 49 men, between the ages of 25 and 58, in heterosexual relationships, to determine their attitudes about using vibrators with their partners. Contrary to popular belief, most men weren't hesitant about using sex toys, nor did they feel "intimidated" or "threatened" by their partner introducing a mechanical third party into the bedroom. In fact, "many men even reported an increase in sexual intimacy between them and their partners" as a result of using a vibrator during sex.
My wife and I are in our early 50s — both divorcees who married three years ago. Our sex life has been drifting away for the last couple of years. When she has an orgasm, I know that she will then be even less interested in sex for another couple of days, and the cycle goes on. It is very common for people in a relationship to engage in secret masturbation, and for tired, stressed people to prefer this to partner love-making as an easy and comforting alternative.