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What Are Cuddle Parties?

Cuddle Parties — Cool or Crazy?

"Hug-starved Americans are queuing up to squeeze total strangers," if we believe today's Daily Mail. While most of us are reluctant to touch people we don't know, some people crave nonsexual physical contact and are willing to get it from strangers at cuddle parties.

One company, simply named Cuddle Party, charges about $10 a session. They have rules too, the first three being:

  1. Pajamas stay on the whole time.
  2. You don’t have to cuddle anyone at a Cuddle Party, ever.
  3. You must ask permission and receive a verbal YES before you touch anyone. (Be as specific in your request as you can.)

I don't know if rule number two assures me or freaks me out, since it suggests you can go just to watch. As creepy as it might seem, it could be good for your health, though: research shows that people who cuddle are less likely to become depressed. What do you make of it?

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janneth janneth 6 years
Too much!
amber512 amber512 6 years
The creepy ick factor is really turning me off to this.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
This is all just very weird/creepy to me.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I don't like people in my personal space bubble unless I know them :)
chequettex chequettex 6 years
I love how the photo features a lot of attractive people - I'm pretty sure a real cuddle party would not be like that! That said, the idea of cuddling strangers is creepy to me, no matter how good-looking they are. But I'm not starved for cuddles, my husband is very cuddly. I used to cuddle with my friends when I was in high school and college (long bus trips, anyone?) so I can understand that, but strangers? No.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
Absolutely stunning. Awesome! Touch is truly a great medical preventative measure over the long run. Americans need to get over their issues with touch as being sexual IMO. Paying to do it is strange but then like I said most people are too guarded when it comes to touch so it's not like every one can just ring up a few friends. I think if this idea catches on than circles of friends doing it will catch on and I'm sure it will be pot luck and a movie rather than a cover charge.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I love cuddling (so, so much) but the concept of going someone and paying a company to have people to cuddle with is strange. That said, if it curbs loneliness for people who are cuddle-starved, more the power to them.
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