New York City is one of the most stressful places to live in the U.S. mainly due to its high population, cost of living and high unemployment rate.
Now, sex toy company Hot Octopuss has come forward with a supposed solution to relieve NYC men of their mental/emotional strain: public masturbation booths. Complex UK reports that these booths are located on 28th Street and 5th Avenue.
Masturbating relieves stress by releasing feel-good chemicals in the brain, like dopamine and oxytocin, that lifts your mood instantly — it’s like a drug, but safer and naturally induced.
The company, who also makes a male sex toy called Pulse, opened its invitation to busy Manhattan men to try the world’s first stress-relief booth. Dubbed Guyfi, the booth’s setup is composed of a chair, laptop with high-speed internet and a curtain.
Hot Octopuss co-founder Adam Lewis said on the company’s website:
“There’s no denying that working a nine to five job can be stressful on both your mind and body, especially in a non-stop city like Manhattan. It’s really important for guys to look after themselves so that they can stay healthy and focus properly on the task in hand. We’re told time and time again how beneficial it is to have a break away from your desk.
“[…] At Hot Octopuss we are all about looking for new solutions to improve everyday life and we feel we’ve done just that with the new GuyFi booth. We hope the city’s men enjoy using the space we’ve created in whatever way they want. It’s completely free of charge… all that we ask is they thank us when they get their promotion!”
In an interview with Mashable, Hot Octopuss claims that about 100 men have visited the booths, although there is no confirmation of how many actually masturbated. The company said that the stunt was meant to educate men about the availability of sex toys, and not to encourage anyone to go through with the act in the middle of Manhattan, as that would actually be illegal.
Hot Octopuss says it plans to bring the booths to more locations soon.