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As the economy tanks, sex toy sales on the rise

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Sure, the economy sucks. Sure, people like sex toys, and their sales are on the rise. But are these two seemingly non-related facts actually linked by cause and effect? Are Americans so beaten down from years of unemployment and unpaid internships that they have turned to sex toys for some measure of respite?

CNBC online thinks so. They even talked to an online sex-toy salesman, Stefan Dallakian, the owner of Paris Intimates, who said, "At a time when unemployment is high and bank account balances are low, people are passing the time by getting busy."

Dallakian goes on to assert that — due to unemployment and the prevalence of self-employment — couples spend more time together in the home. This, in turn, leads to better communication and experimentation in the bedroom. While this certainly puts a positive spin on things, I'm more inclined to think that the correlation between the terrible economy and sex-toy sales is purely incidental. I'm guessing people are just more likely to purchase a vibrator online, and the last few years has shown a huge increase in online sex-toy stores.

But, if you're feeling sad and you and your significant other haven't worked in nine months, then, by all means, go buy some handcuffs or something.