In the past, lonely hearts had to spend their weekends by themselves with only their body pillows, a bottle of wine and a good rom-com to curl up to at night. Now, that doesn’t need to be the case.
Even if someone doesn’t have a suitor, he or she can have a cuddle-buddy — if they pay them first. Services like The Snuggle Buddies, Cuddle Comfort and The Snuggery provide patrons the platonic nuzzling they desire.
“Many people do not get the amount of human touch they want or need on a daily basis, and a professional snuggling service is the solution,” The Snuggle Buddies says in its mission statement. “Our experienced cuddlers will soothe your mind, body and soul to blissful relaxation.”
I see the merit in these types of services. In this modern age of busyness and craziness, it can be hard to find a companion, and we all need a little lovin’ in our lives. It honestly does seem quite sketchy at first. Why would anyone want to cuddle with a complete stranger? Wouldn’t it lead to a little something more, if you know what I mean?
However, these services have a strict non-sexual activities policy. Dinner, dates, snuggling, conversation — those are all fine. But they do come at a cost. Prepare to shell out $50 to more than $120, depending on the service used and session length.
As long as no one abuses these services and tries to take for granted what they stand for, I don’t see a problem with them. Sometimes people need human interaction that they cannot otherwise acquire. Plus, sources from a Wall Street Journal article say cuddling has helped them to de-stress and relax.
I’m always up for a good cuddle. Personally, I know I need more cuddling in my life, but I just don’t know if I would be able to not be awkward. First, I’d rather snuggle with a puppy, but that’s a different story. I imagine a man coming to my door to cuddle and me just tensing up and stammering. Then I’d assume some sort of fetal position next to him and probably would be too anxious to do any actual cuddling. I’m not their ideal client.
I think the main thing here is human connection, rather than human touch. Relationships are hard; they aren’t easy to find or easy to maintain. This could be a great way for people to reach out to others without the pressure or expectations that occur with online dating.