Would you pay to cuddle someone?

dv8 dv8
Japan has had cuddle cafes for some time now but they have a slightly erotic tone. Platonic cuddle shops have started appearing in the U.S. I recently saw a documentary about one that opened in Sacramento this year.

So would you pay to cuddle someone?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Dantarius , Sam The Bam
2  (17%)
Rossie , SaucyxGirl , dv8 , Wicked Wahine , charmedtomeetyou , LoveReImagined , KinkyNicki92 , icyqueen
8  (67%)
js250 , U3H
2  (17%)
Total votes: 12
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06/13/2014
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Rossie Rossie
No thanks, I am not going to pay to cuddle a stranger.
06/13/2014
dv8 dv8
I wonder if the advertised health benefits of cuddling can be achieved just by cuddling a pet or a stuffed animal. I assume the target consumer is someone who doesn't have anyone to cuddle. I'm skeptical about Cuddle Connection but they apparently just opened a second location.
06/13/2014
OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
No thanks, I am not going to pay to cuddle a stranger.
What if it is not a stranger, but a gorgeous person or favorite celebrity.

Hey, I'm just kidding. Y, no way !
06/13/2014
Rossie Rossie
@dv8: I think it'll work for some lonely souls who are in need of temporary comfort - might be better than talking to a psychologist.

@Oh&w: Hmmm, on second thought...nah!
06/14/2014
SaucyxGirl SaucyxGirl
Considering I am not that much into cuddling to begin with my answer is a hell no.

I am not sure if my lack of a desire to cuddle is the result of me being an Aspie or what. I don't really hate cuddling so much as it makes me very uncomfortable.
06/14/2014
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
@dv8: I think it'll work for some lonely souls who are in need of temporary comfort - might be better than talking to a psychologist.

@Oh&w: Hmmm, on second thought...nah!
Temporary comfort is one thing but some other need presumably would keep the business float. We'll see if these cuddle businesses pop up around the country.

I'm not motivated myself to pay someone to cuddle, even out of curiosity.
06/14/2014
js250 js250
I am a huge cuddler but even though I have no one to cuddle with anymore--HELL NO!!! If I ever decided my desire for cuddles was that strong or necessary I do have platonic male friends that would be more than happy to cuddle with me.
06/14/2014
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I would never pay. I remember when those free cuddle party events were happening a long time ago and all I could think was...well...lice, sorry. OK, that's not all I thought, but it shows you a peek inside my mind, LOL! I may need therapy, but what would I do without Rossie who is probably now nodding her head and thinking, "Good call on the lice, add bed bugs to that!" Love you, Rossie

@js250, Looking at your picture, I don't think you will have any shortage of willing cuddlers, I am sure! Oh, of course I meant Platonic because breasts are soft and comfortable to cuddle against. That reminds me of a toddler my mom was holding while baby sitting the first time. She was tired and fussy and wouldn't give into sleeping yet. She put her head on my mom's chest and then pulled back and poked her breasts a few times in puzzlement (her mom was mostly bony there). She then enjoyed the bouncing for a bit and then put her head back down and snuggled in with a deep sigh. I almost fell over, I was laughing so hard, it was so damn cute! So, even a baby understands the appeal and comfort of breasts over their food source potential, hah!
06/15/2014
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I would never pay. I remember when those free cuddle party events were happening a long time ago and all I could think was...well...lice, sorry. OK, that's not all I thought, but it shows you a peek inside my mind, LOL! I may need therapy, but ...
...and facial oils, dandruff, etc. OMG!!!

I'm sure we're not the only two who think that way!
06/15/2014
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
Nope, paying to cuddle is not my cup of tea.
06/15/2014
OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
We don't need to pay anyone for cuddling. We have some big bears from Costco if we need cuddling. LOL.
06/16/2014
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
...and facial oils, dandruff, etc. OMG!!!

I'm sure we're not the only two who think that way!
I love you! I knew you'd be on the same wavelength! As for others, I think until we mention these things, no, they don't really think of them, lol!

Beyond all the hygiene issues, I have very firm boundaries and don't like people in my space unless they are invited. And it takes me a while to be sure I want to let someone in. But once I do, I am very comfortable. Interestingly, I am more comfortable with casually touching others than receiving those touches. It has taken a lot of work to become more open and accepting of hugs and such. I remember being shocked when I started my first day at my high school and the returning girls (who attended the lower school there) were all hugging each other. I eventually was doing the same thing by the time I graduated, lol. I am sensitive to the fact other people may not welcome touches, so I tend to hold back when I would be willing to hug them for example and I wait for a signal from them. It is so awkward to have someone start to hug you and you don't want it, or you start it and it's clear they are not into it.
06/16/2014
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I love you! I knew you'd be on the same wavelength! As for others, I think until we mention these things, no, they don't really think of them, lol!

Beyond all the hygiene issues, I have very firm boundaries and don't like people ...
For me, it's a cultural thing. My parents never hugged us when we were growing up, so I'm kind of uncomfortable to hug others, unless I see the signal from them (just like you!).
06/16/2014
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I would never pay. I remember when those free cuddle party events were happening a long time ago and all I could think was...well...lice, sorry. OK, that's not all I thought, but it shows you a peek inside my mind, LOL! I may need therapy, but ...
*blush* Thanks. I just am not going there--not wanting to ruin the friendships. I can see a couple of them developing more feelings than necessary. I do have a couple friends for big hugs and have learned to accept them as they are, just letting me know they care.
06/16/2014
LovesAPoet LovesAPoet
I love to cuddle. But I'd rather ask a close gal or platonic buddy for a cuddle than pay a stranger about sixty bucks an hour as the article suggests. I would be too self conscious to be snugging up to someone one I don't know.
06/17/2014
KinkyNicki92 KinkyNicki92
I love to cuddle but i can't imagine paying out of pocket for it.. Lucky for me I have a husband thats more than happy to oblige.
06/18/2014
dv8 dv8
Hah, I noticed you can buy a three-way cuddle.
06/18/2014
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
...and facial oils, dandruff, etc. OMG!!!

I'm sure we're not the only two who think that way!
Cooties, cooties, roll-outs forever!

Imagine what sort of substances you could experience at a swingers' party. Pubic dandruff?

These smileys aren't afraid of contact:
06/18/2014
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
Cooties, cooties, roll-outs forever!

Imagine what sort of substances you could experience at a swingers' party. Pubic dandruff?

These smileys aren't afraid of contact:
This is why I like to know someone before I choose to cuddle with them I need time to asses their hygiene, lol! I could handle a hug, not a cuddle with a stranger. As for the swinger's parties, I have already thought about that, hahaha. That is part of what keeps me from being naughty, the fear of consequences
06/18/2014
dv8 dv8
Business Insider's article on professional cuddling
08/04/2014
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
Business Insider's article on professional cuddling
This is the first time I've heard about her and her Portland-based business. Good to know she sets a hygiene policy but, what will she do if the customer still shows up smelling stinky?
08/05/2014
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