An app for those who aren’t having sex was developed by an American woman.
Shakia Seabrook, 33, the creator of the “The Sexless Tribe” app, wanted to support a group she felt was “not represented enough” in popular culture.
Although the app is still in beta testing, Tampa, Florida native Seabrook claims it has already been downloaded more than 8,000 times.
She explains her motivations for committing to abstinence by saying, “I can remember as early as 13 making the decision.”
“I don’t know why I made that choice when I was 13, but as I grew older and saw how casual sex was conducted, I realized that I didn’t want it. It didn’t seem all that exciting and fun.
Despite holding Christian beliefs, Seabrook emphasizes that her app isn’t just for Christians and that her abstinence isn’t solely motivated by her religion.
Everyone is welcome, she adds. “I created it for anyone who is living this lifestyle, not just Christians,” the author said.
Speaking more generally about abstinence, Seabrook observed: “This way of life isn’t discussed enough. It is not clearly visible.
I accepted the challenge because there isn’t enough room for people to get together and receive the support they need to succeed in leading this lifestyle.
In September 2020, Seabrook created the app after realizing the need for an online platform to support her community.
Currently, it is divided into two sections: a community area where users can communicate with one another, much like a dating app, and a resource area with information on abstinence.
Zoom-hosted events are held monthly in the app, Seabrook continues. “They receive an uplifting quote on their phone each day, and they also receive a check-in call at midnight to hold them accountable.
“I advise them that if they experience a nighttime itch, they should check their app and watch a song, a video, or a podcast.”
Seabrook continues by saying she has no negative feelings toward those who don’t choose to abstain.
In her opinion, there is only one option being promoted in the society we live in, which is sex. “I feel like to make an informed decision with anything you have to be informed of all the options,” she says.
“If people choose to do that, I have no opinion on it; however, I believe we are failing the youth. I needed to know that leading an abstinent lifestyle is possible and is being done when I was 13 years old.
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“I just love being able to show people that there is another choice and really give abstinence a new face and voice,” the author says.